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Vol. XIII. JANUARY, L869. No. 1. 


The Publishing Committee having made an arrangement by which the 
care of conducting this magazine devolves upon its members, would take 
this opportunity to indicate the p lilts of the publication, and an- 

nounce the plan of its future i Oui readers will hardly need to be 

informed that the Register has no predecessor or rival. As no similar 
magazine in this country has ever been able to reach a fourth volume, 

we may well call your attention to tin- C8 the vitality of this work. 

We shall at once attribute its continuance and BU principally to the 

efforts of Samuel (J. Drake, Esq., the 1V< Bidenl of the N< w England 
Historical and Genealogical Society; for, notwithstanding the Society 
inaugurated the Register and still maintains it as its organ, it must he 
conceded that the individual in this case has done more than the association. 
Mr. Drake has been the publisher and editor nearly every year since the 
commencement, and, though aided by a publishing committee, on him lias 
rested the care and responsibility of the work. To him are due the earn- 
est thanks of every genealogist in the country. We make this acknowl- 
ment since he has ceased to have control of the Register, owing to his 
absence abroad, and it would be a false delicacy on the part of his 
friends to hesitate to say officially what has so long been repeated by 
every reader of these pages acquainted with all the facts. 

To the continuance and influence of the Register we may ascribe the 
success of the Society, and to both, that prevalence of a taste for gene- 
alogy among us, which has become so noticeable a fact. Nor has this 
influence been confined to our Society or State ; and we may not unfairly 
trace a portion at least of the great and increasing appreciation in Eng- 
land of the value of the study of genealogy, to the inquiries made by 
Americans desirous of tracing their ancestry. We are happy to note the 
continued accessions of fellow-laborers, and to find that New England is 
not behind any other section of our country in the points which make a 

good genealogy. 


2 A Problem for Antiquaries. [Jan. 

With the hope of an increased circulation and a widely-spread support, 
the Register commences its thirteenth year. The plan for its manage- 
ment embraces but a slight departure from the course hitherto pursued. 
One of its leading features will be, as before, the publication of geneal- 
ogies. The families thus recorded are not intended to be entirely of 
New England origin. We shall be happy to receive and publish the 
records of families from any part of the Union. The only limit will be 
that we cannot agree to publish more than four generations of any fam- 
ily, excepting occasionally continuing branches in a single line of descent. 
We must also exercise the privilege of selecting those that arc lust com- 
piled and the most interesting. We also desire to publish valuable his- 
torical manuscripts, especially such as relate to the early settlements 
and settlers of this country. The objects of the Society and of this 
magazine are by no means exclusively confined to genealogy, and any 
historical communications to either will receive a due attention. 

The subjects of American Bibliography and Heraldry we trust will be 
well represented on our pages, and we doubl not the results will be useful 
and interesting to our readers. The " Memoirs of lain"' 'a S i bee rib 
will be regularly continued, as also the Records and Wills to which 
much space has been heretofore given. 

We would advise our contributors that though manv communications 
arc excluded from this magazine owing to our limited sp I tiny are 

always transferred to the archives of the Society, there to be preserved. 
We therefore solicit copies of epitaphs, town and parish records, and 
family registers, in full assurance that these documents will he plaxx d 
where they will be of service. 

We have but to add in conclusion, that we hope our failures to attain 
the standard we have proposed will be leniently viewed, and that th< 
who are interested in the subjects discussed in the Register will cordially 
cooperate with us, and extend its influence in every way in their power. 


Mr. Editor: — At a meeting of the "Taunton North Purchase," May 
27, 1729, it was 

"Voted that the handkercheife, which was the Return of the money 
which was sent to England, should be sold, and that Mr. Ephraim How- 
ard should be paid two pounds & Eight shillings and Left James Leonard 
to be paid sixteen shillings, & Mr. Edward Shove to be paid sixteen shil- 
lings out of the money that said Handkercheife should be sold for, and 
that the Rest of said money should be Lett out to Interest for the use of 
said proprietors." 

It seems from the Records that this " Handkercheife" was sold for some- 
thing more than four pounds. Can you or any of your readers explain 
to us what is meant by the "Handkercheife" here alluded to? 

G. F. C. 

1859.] Memoir of Sir John Bernard Burke. 



[Communicated by Rev. William Ttlmk, of Pawtacket.] 

[The rollowingjusl tribute to the eminenl literary reputation and heraldic 
learning of Sir Bernard Burke, Ulsti r King of Arms al Dublin, is taken 
from the Irish Literary Gazette of Nov. 1 1. 1857. It seems to me wor- 
thy of a place in the R< 

Ireland, among other marks of advancing prosperity, has evinced, of 
, increased interest in tl ever fostered by the well-to-do 

and the wealthy — family hi . genealogy, and their gentle and most 
useful ally, the science of heraldry. Books on these topics are now fre- 
quently published, even on this side of the channel, and experience wide 
favor and circulation; while the endeavors of the Irish government to 
ameliorate the arrangement of and a< to the records, public and do- 

mestic, have been everywhere encouraged, and have given general satis- 
faction. Love of race and pride of birth have been through all ages the 
characteristics of our people, and traditions of family worth and lame 
have always been cherished amongst us; yet, owing no doubt to byg 
times of almosl continual lend, disturbance and distraction, all our monu- 
ments, archives, and l< gal memorials of titles, descent and pedigree have 
been sadly mislaid, scattered or utterly neglected. Ireland, in her present 
peaceful change, feels every day more and mure keenly the vast detriment 
of this fatal carelessness ; and great is the public anxiety to repair the 
past, and to amend the future. The task is not a light one, and the coun- 
try may deem itseli fortunate in having, at Buch a moment, the heraldic 
and genealogical office of Ulster King of Arms, and the important keep. 
ership of the Birmingham Tower Records, filled by one whose' ability, 
industry, and indomitable pers< V( r m' - " have already done much, and will, 
doubtless, do a vast deal more to establish in its fairest and truest light, 
tin* family and general historic past of Ireland. The Ulster, Sir Bernard 
Burke, is no ordinary man, as the following brief, unvarnished narrative 
of his career will amply show. 

The scion of a highly respectable Irish family, (his grandfather was an 
active magistrate for two counties,) which claims descent what Burke's 
family does not : from the great He Burirho h<»w->- of Clanricarde. Sir Ber- 
nard Burke was horn in London, and in London spent the greater part of 
his life until his appointment here. After an early education at one or 
two eminent English schools, he became a scholar of that old university 
or college of Caen in Normandy, which was founded, like Eton, by 
Henry VI., and which, of late years, has been tranformed into a grand 
Imperial Lycee, one of the best in France. There his success was 
marked, as he obtained the first of mathematics, also prizes in Latin 
verses, (I reek Thesis, and History, and sundry other honors for conduct 
and application. Returning to London he found, just established by his 
father — a gentleman of high literary merit and reputation — aided by the 
powerful cooperation of the great publisher, the late Henry Colburn, that 
book since so famous, " The Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage." 
Sir Bernard had, though then very young, allied himself already with 
ardent liking to the study of history, and genealogy, and he tendered his 
assistance to the undertaking as a iabor of love. He was the life spring 

4 Memoir of Sir John Bernard Burke. [Jan 

of the book ever after. Under his helping authorship appeared also an- 
other most popular and successful work, « The His W 
Gentry." Eventually, in consequence of bia father's illn< 
the whole toil of these and other genealogical productions - on 
Sir Bernard, and he strenuously pen I m Ins course. 1 1 
in addition to editing the " Peerage,' 1 and "Landed Gen! 
volume after volume on genealogical and heraldic sub 
which has had its share of public favor. The mere list ol ll 
are too numerous to be given in full : the very w 
been unsurpassed bv any other author of the pr V 
Bernard's principal' publications, besides the " P( " nwP 

and then his lighter and charming -I' J H ! ' 

ords," and "Romance of the Aristocracy,' 1 which ba?< 

various editions: add to these "Tl nan," ■ | 

umes, and " The St. Jam.-' Magazine,' 1 in • mes— | 

he mainly conducted — and an idea may be formed of tb< 

labor our Ulster King has undergone. Sir Bernard « 

English Bar, but declined all practice 

peerage and pedigree; and in that department, lot 

appointment, his business wa 

public satisfaction, that on the den r William : 

Ulster King of Arms, in the autumn of 1853, it v. ... 

then Lord Lieutenant, the Earl i f St ( . • rer mil 

lie good, had appointed so ah!.' a 

Sir Bernard Burke become 1 i- 1 - r K og of \ I -■■ ; 

received his knighthood in the following sprimj, I 
of a sinecure appointment enabled th< 
care the Records of the Birmingham Towi r. W hal 

would astonish any one who, like out his 

time, and sec it now. He found th< 
rather pitched in masses, one upon another, and hidden in 
of ages. A day, at least, and -mall drud 

requisite to get any particular do 

overwhelmed and almost Buffocated, and d with up tin 

task in despair. Now the contrast is most Striking. 1 i s 

a model of neatness and arrangement from tu 
Everv record has its allotted place, and may be banded to th< 
on the instant ; and the lawyer, the antiquary, and tin 
with no delay whatsoever in reaching the objects of their search. I 
Birmingham Tower, independently of its historic recoil. 
prison house of many a gallant Irish chief, desen tfl pres- 

ent perfect elegance and order, the stranger's ins| a> much as 

many other public sights in Dublin. 

Master of his art as he is, Sir Bernard Burke has further qualifi 
which peculiarly fit him for his office. His easy an 
like bearing and courtier-like manners enable him to fulfil with - 
dignity and grace the duties which devolve upon bi 

on the order of St. Patrick, and as director in some m- v of 

our public ceremonials. The recent gorgeous installations of the Knights 

1859.] Memoir x John Bernard Burke. 

of St. P 

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man has not carved out, PS that I 

passed i<> his descendants from hi n 

Bernard Burk< ' " B , Esq., f 1 [er 

Majesty's C . P I I . A f a Life of 

Edmund Burke, and of >ially on the law of 

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C. II. O'N 

American Genealogies. 


[By W. H. Whitmorb.] 

In Vol. 11, pp 

», 354-6, I gave 

a list of American Genealogies. 

The foil 


table contains those since published or examined by me 


\V. H. 








125 Chauncy, 

W. C. Fowler, 

H. W. Button & Son, 


126 *Fowler, 





127 Gardner, 

W. W. Greenough, 

G.C. Rand & Avery, 



128 Geer, 

James Geer, 

Elihu Geer, 


129 Greene, 

S, S. Greene, 

H. W. Dutton & Son, 


130 *Hill, 

U?her Pardons, 




131 Huntington, 

Dan Huntington, 

Metcalf & Co. 


l- r, 


132 *Kellogg, 

11. W. Dutton & Son, 



133 *Lane, 

W. H. Whitmore, 




13i Lawrence, 

Miss Mercy Hale, 


135 LeveriDg, 

H. G Jones, 

King & DnTid. 


, i 

136 *McKinstry, 

W. Willis, 

II. W. Dutton & Son, 


137 Miles, 

H. A. Miles, 

- n. 



138 *Odin, 

II. W. Dutton & Son, 



139 Rice, 

A. H. Ward, 

C. B. Richardson, 


140 Rockwood, 

E. L Rockwood, 

Bazin & Chindler, 



141 Sargent, 

A. Sargent, 

S. G. Drake, 


142 Swift, 


143 Tucker, 

G. H Tucker, 

Ni-u York, 

144 Vinton, 

J. A. Vinton, 

S. K. Whipple & Co. 

Bost< n. 

145 " and al- 

lied families, 


H. W. Dutton & Son, 


146 *Ware, 

W. B. Traek, 

T. Prince, 



147 Watkins, 

F. Watkins, 

Virginia (?) 

148 *Whitney, 

L. M. Harris, 

H. W. Dutton & Son, 



149 Willard, 

J Willard, 

Phillips, Sampson 



* Reprinted from the N. E. Hist, and Gen. Register. 

Note. — The Greene Family and the Allied Families of Vinton are contained 
in the Vinton Family, and were printed from the same forms, a preface being ad- 
ded to each. The Swift and Watkins Genealogies I am well assured I 
print, though I have not been able to obtain a copy of either 


23. Descendants of several Ancient Puritans, (Adams. Billiard, Holbrook, 

ger, Wood, Grout, Goulding, and Twitchell,) by Abner Morse 11. \V. Dut- 
ton & Son. Boston: 1857. pp.355. 

24. Adventures of a Puritan Family, (Sears Family,) by E. II. Sears. Ci 

Nichols & Co. Boston: 1857. pp. 337 and 96. 

25. Memoirs of a Huguenot Family, (Fontaine Genealogy.) by Miss Ann Maury. 

G. P. Putnam & Co. New York: 1853. pp.512. ' 

26. Dedication of Plummer Hall, and Memoir of the White Family. Salem. 

Ives & Pease. 1858. pp 97. 

27. Genealogical Sketches of the Early Settlers of West Simsbury, now Canton, 

Conn., by Rev. J. Burt. Hartford. Case, Tiffany & Co. 1^5*!. pp. 151. 

28. Funeral Sermon on Martin Rockwell, with a Genealogy of the Rockwell 

Family, by Rev. J. Eldridge. New Haven. B. L. Hainlen. 1852. 

29. Funeral Sermon on Mrs. Susanna Park Champney, with a Genealogical No- 

tice of the Champney and Park Families, by Rev. F. A. Whitney. Boston. 
Crosby, Nichols & Co. 1855. 
Note. — The Paine Magazine (No. 17) has reached six numbers. The Shel- 
don (No. 18) has reached four parts. 


24 Dexter Family. By S. C. Newman. Providence : 1857. 

25 Turner Family. 

1859.] Petition for Protection of Township No. 4. 


[Communicated bj Jamba Lawbjbhce IUss.] 

[The documenl of which the following is a copy, is in my possession. 
The chirograph y is somewhal obscure; but wherever the least doubt 
exists, as to a correel deciphering, I have affixed an interr , mark. 

Believing this waif of the olden time of sufficient historical and genealogi- 


cal interesl to merit <•». place in the Register, it is respectfully submitted.] 

To his Excelancy and the whol Court — the petition of us, the subscri- 
bers, humbly showeth, that dwelling n<ar the frontiers of this Province 
and being hartely Consarned for the Interest of it as being members oi 
the same and pertickelorly that of the mo rior Inland fronteers, we 

cannot but attempt a modesl Representation of our sentements to your 
Excelancey and honnors, as folio weth. — We humbly conceve ii would 
be for the Good of the Province in General as well as the fronteers in 
parfickler that the Tounship called No. Ion Connicticul River with the 
\ maweletts &c should be protected & apprehend the [nhabitance to have 
ben a grate safegard to all thai Lye near the senter of the province, as 
an arguemenl of which we might aledg the Repeted 9k i images tl 
[nhabitance have had with the Indian Enemy who in all prowebilety 
would have infected the Interior Parts and Consequently would have ben 
Much more extencively mischeveas had they not ben prevented by such 
a barrer, apprehending Lickewise that these places, if defended, may be 
of Singuler sarvis to Buch volint< ers on there Return as may be senl 
againsl the Enemy and thai it cannot commode the publick to give the 
Enemy such a wide extenl of Land m as Lys within these Pla< 

and tho we must express our load gratetude for the pat< mall care of the 
Govermenl in allowing supplys ol Soulders to the towns to which many 
of us belong vet we can't hut think it would have ben as conducive to the 
Generol savefty, as well as the welth of the Province to have placed 
them nearer the Enemies Cuntrey, for which Reson we shall for the 
futer Readily submitt to there Removefall to tip - r Places even 

tho' it should not sarve our own privett defence and advantage — lor these 
Resons not to mention the pitefall surcomstances of these poore inhabit- 
ancy we humbly Intreet your Excelancey and honnors to Protect there 
strong and Costley Garisons, if such a gracious answer to our prayer 
sutable obediance we will all ways submitt and your pensioners will ever 
pray &c. December 31, 17 Hi 

Lancaster. — Nathaniel Wyman; Joseph White ; Asale(?) Phelps; 
John Wilder; Jewett Kilborn ; Phinehas Willard ; Assa Whitcomb; 
Hez: Whitcomb ; Daniel Jewett; Tho". Sawyer; Caleb Wilder; John 
Snow; John lloslen [?] ; James Houghton; Edward Phelps; Ebez: Be- 
mond ; Jona' Osgood ; Sam" Sawyer ; Benj' Houghton ; Jacob Fowl ; 
Abijah Wyman ; Eph: Wilder ; Josiah White ; John Bennett ; Hocker 
Osgood Jr ; Joseph Osgood ; Eph m . Wilder Jr ; Daniel Osgood; Eph m 
Sawyer; Joseph Bennett; Beni* Houghton; Ezra Sawyer; Ruben 
Rugg; Jona 1 . Pow(e)rs ; Jona 1 . Wilder; Aaron Dresser; Menassa Dinel ; 
Sam" Carter ; Jeremiah Haskel ; Andrew Wilder ; Zaccarey Boynton ; 
Phin s Bemond; Ephraim Roper; James Ross; John W T helock ; Henerey 
Haskill ; Malhew Clark; Stanton Prentice; Isrell Houghton; Joseph 
Whitcomb; Jona* Kendall ; Josiah Ballard ; Nathaniel Sawyer; Shew- 
bell Baley ; Ed\var d Robins ; Assa Richardson ; Tho 3 Burpee ; John 

8 Petition for Protection of Township No. 4. [Jan. 

Crosbee ; Eben z . Buss ; Daniel Wilder ; Nathaniel White ; Eben*. 

Leominster. — Jona 1 . White ; Joseph Whelock ; Tho\ Wilder; Tho". 
Houghton; Garnor Wilder ; Jona 1 . W ill son ; Benj a Whitcomb ; Jonathan 
Carter; James Butler; Na l Carter ; Tho'. Debuenport ; Will" Dinel ; 
Joseph Beman ; Ab(i)jah Smith ; Nathan Smith; Tho'. White ; Phillop 
Swetzer ; Ebe z . Poley ; Jona 1 . Johnson ; Ruben Gat(e)s ; Stephen Buss ; 
Simon Butler; John Phelps; Josiah White. 

Lunenburg. — Jonathan Hubbard ; Thomas Prentice ; Jonathan Brad- 
street ; Benj a Goodridge ; Samuell Johnson ; John Haywood ; John Grout ; 
W m Daves [or Downs] ; Sam. Reed ; Benj a Foster ; Jacob Stiles ; Sam- 
uell Cumings; Thomas Carter ; David Chaplin; Thomas Brown; Jere- 
miah Norcross; Josiah Bayley(r) ; Sam. Bradstreet ; Jonathan Bradstreet ; 
Ezekiel Wyman ; John Gipson ; Joshua Goodridge ; Benj'Coney; David 
Carlile ; Moses Mitchel ; Nath. Page ; Jacob Warren; Phillip Good- 
ridge; Eleazcr Houghton ; Jonathan Willard Jr ; Joseph Fuller; James 
Kimbal ; Wm. Hadcrson(?) ; Zachariah Whitney ; Joseph Holt; Nathan- 
iel Hastings; Patrick White ; Charl(e)s White ; Sim Page; Nathaniel 
Harwood ; Jonathan Hubbard Jr ; Jonathan Wood; Ebenezer Tarbell ; 
John Jeneson ; Aaron Brown ; Jonathan Whitney ; James Reed ; John 
Scott; Reuben Dodge ; Francis Butrick : John White ; David Holt ; Eph- 
raim Wctherbee ; Isaac Gibson ; James Hilch ; Abraham Sanderson ; lb /.- 
ekiah Wetherbee ; W" Canadee ; Thomas Morrison ; Robert Smith ; John 
Smith; W m Smith; Daniel Asleen ; Thomas Dutton ; Isaac Foster; 
Joseph Goodridge ; W m Stewart ; John Gipson ; Josiah Dodge; Josiah 
Dodge Jr ; Eli Dodge; Jonathan Pearce : Abell Plaits ; Thomas Litl 
John Marlain ; John Divul ; John Mansfield; Sam n Davill(? ; Ephraim 
Whitney ; Jacob Gould ; H(aYrington Gibson ; Benj*Ganej ; Moses Gould. 

Groton. — John Gilson ; Thomas Laurence; Aaron Woods; Francis 
Harris; Jonathan Ilolden; Abraham Moors; Shadrick Whitney; Phine- 
has Waight ; Joseph Stone; W" Bennit ; Seth Walker; Isaac Holden ; 
Henry Farwell ; Isaac Green ; Benj' Chase : Benj* ^u>uc ; N ithan Hub- 
bard; Simon Pearce ; Sam. Nichols; John Pratt ; John Page; W Tar- 
bell ; Zera Farnsworth ; W m Parker; Jonas Varnum ; James Lakin ; Sam. 
Tarbell ; Bcnj a Bancroft ; Benj 1 Lawrence ; Jonathan Shedick, [probably 
intended for Jonathan Shattuck] ; Peter Hubbard ; W" Simonds ; W La- 
kin; Jabez Kendal; Benj Hassen, [Hazen] ; Ebenezer Nutten, [Nut- 
ting]; Daniel Nutten; Isaac Phillips; Sam. Bowers; Joseph Park. 
Nathaniel Lawrence. 

Townsend. — Daniel Taylor; John Connant ; Joseph Bald wain ; Jacob 
Baldwain ; Isaac Spaldin ; James Wilson ; Ebenezer Wyman ; Ephraim 
Stephen ; Jeremiah Ball; Joseph Stephen; W m Fletcher; Trial) Sarttle ; 
Robert Avery ; John Dutten ; Zachariah Emery ; W m Robbe. 

Harvard. — Peter Atherton ; Joseph Hutchings; Joseph ITaskill ; James 
Willard; Sam. Haskill ; Tarbell Willard; Robert Holland; Oliver Ath- 
erton; Henry Willard ; W m Farr ; Thomas Tunuley(?) ; Lemuel Wil- 
lard ; James Godfrel ; David Whitney ; Isaac Willard; Joseph Willard. 

Bolton. — Elias Sawyer ; Nath Wilson ; Elisha Sawyer. 

Ltndall. Boston.— On the 2 d Currant Dy'd here, Mr Nathaniel Lin- 
doll, Shop-Keeper, Aged 31 years.— [Paper, Sept. 10th, 1711. 

1859.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 


[Prepared by Mb. B., of Dorchester.] 

[Continued from Vol. XII., page 846.1 

Marke Hands. — 15th July 1661. I, Marl: Hands, of Boston, being in 
health & bound on a voyage ftom the Port of Boston lo Barbadoes & else- 
where, make this my Last will. [Debts to be paid. I giue unto my dau. 
Mehitabell Hands the seuerall p r ticulars in a schedule hereunto annexed, 
which was Desyred by her Mother, my Deceased wife, to bee giuen her, 
and my will is thai the said p r ticulars shall be prized with the rest of my 
Estate. Of my whole Estate I giue one third part unto my dau. Mehita- 
bell, & the other two thirds unto my somic Jo. Hands, whom I appoint 
my executor. My will is thai in Case both my Children Dye before they 
Come to enjoy this my estate and Legacy, thai my Kinsman Joseph Dill 
shall haue my Dwelling house & Land in Boston ; out of the ualue thcrof 
the s' 1 Joseph shall paye unto his Mother Abigaili Hanniford, £50 if she 
be then Liuinge, and unto Samuel Dill and Benjamin Dill £20 apeice, 
and the rest of my Estate to bee Diuided amongsl my Brothers & Sisters 
Children, [f one of my Children dye before he or she come to age my 
will is that the Buruiuor shall enjoy my whole estate. 1 giue the summe 
of '/.") towards the Building of a schoole house at the. North end of the 
Tow ne of Boston, t<> bee paid by my executor, when such a Work shall 
be began. I giue unto my Louing freinds, Cap* Thomas Clarke & Mr 
John Winslow €3 apiece to buye each of them a Gold Elinge, the wliich 
my two Freinds, Clarke and Winslow, I Intreat to bee the Ouerseers of 
my Children & Estate, to he Employed for tla 1 good and well Bringing up, 
& Educating of them in Learning vV the Fear of the Lord. And that they 
may he putt into possession of their Legacyes, my soflne when he shall be 
21 yeares of age, & my Daughter when she shall be | ] yeares of 

age or in Marriage Condition, which of them shall first happen. 

In the presence of us Marke Hands. 

John Winslow, John Baker, William Pearse. 

17 June 1664. M r John Winslow and W m Pearse deposed. 

Inventory of the estate taken by P< U r Brackett & Thomas Brattle, 3 d 
Nov r . 1665. Amt. £293. 03. 04. Signed by Thomas Buttolph, llabua- 
cuk (i loner. 

M r Tho: Brattle & M' Peter Brackett deposed to the Inuentory of the 
Estate of y e Late Marke Hammcs, deceased, excepting the particulars in 
the Inuoyce annext, which was Lefte in the hands of Mrs Hanniford & 
giuen by the Father & Mother. [Then follows an invoice of goods given 
Mehitabell Hands by her deceased Mother, Mary Hands, & Delivered by 
her father Mark Hands for her use "unto my sister Hannyford & Good- 
wife Biggs, 17 th June 1661," as testify s Stephen Spencer. The certifi- 
cate of Mark Hands and Abigail Hanniford of the same date is also 
given. Testis, Stephen Spencer. Certified by John Wensley.~\ 

Thomas Gattlife. — An appraisement of the Estate of Thomas Gatt- 
life* of Brantrey, deceased, taken by William Saualls, William Vasty, 

* This name is incorrectly given as Gullife and Gullhrr, in Register, vol. xii., page 
154. On the Boston Records he is called Gatline, See Reg. xi. p. 333. 
Farmer says—" Gatline, Thomas, a miller of Braintree 1650, d. 17 May, 1663." 

10 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Jan. 

24th June 1663. Valued at £765. 2 s -. 4 d -. The Estate debtor to M> Hah- 
akucl Glouer, M r Symon Lynde, goodwifi NiUes, Mrs Bradcott, Mr Oil- 
iuer, & others, £113. 11. 7. Mentions in the inventory, lands bought at 
Milton, of goodman Whitt, of goodwife Mils, of Edward Thomson, oi 
Simon Ray, of goodman Foster, of goodman Golinc. peas.- on Nillea lot, 
wheat on the Fames land, Indian corne on Griches land, &C. tooles 
desposed of to Joseph Plumlley, &c. 6zc. 

28th of October '63. Prudent Gatliefe & Jonathan Gathife deposed. 
Whereas Prudent Gatleife, Relict of Thomas Gathi , Braintn 
deceased, & Jonathan Gatliefe, only son to the late Thomas Gatliffe Ad- 
ministratrix and administrator to the said Estate of the late Thome 
lifFe, bringing in an Inuentorv of that Estate which in all amounts to 
2 s -. 4 d \ for the setteling whereof to mutuall satisfaction, the) haue 
agreed amongst themselues, vizt. the debts of the said Thomas Gatliffe 
should be paid out of the whole Estate, which is giuen in by the Inuen- 
torv to be £113. 11. 7. and that the household goods shall remaine to 
said Prudence to dispose as she sees cause, and that the said Prudence for 
and during hir naturall lite for hir owne mentainance and Good Educal 
of hir two dauthers, Prudenl & Marj Gatliffe, till they Come to the 
20 yeares shall be allowed the full half of the yearly Rent & ben< 
the whole remaining estate after the deduction for deb nth 

mill house, lands & Cattle, the alloweing and being at one ha the 

Chardge of Repayres & managing the , a that dureing h 

hood she shall haue the management thereof, allowing the other halfe of 
the yearly benifit & Ren1 to the s d Jonathan Gatl iff, the sone, who, and the 
said Prudent, hir altering hir Condition, by marrage or Death, Bhal I 
vpon the whole Estate, mill house, lands, cattle, Bwil »Iy during 

hir life, after marriage to allow Prudenl his mother in law, for the I" 
aforesaid, the Cleer halfe of the Rents & profitts & that the said Jonathan 
shall pay vnto his said sisters, ou< r and besides the Chardge of their Edu- 
cation, as aboue, when they attaine the age of £20 of 
<£100 apeece, in English goods, Corne or Cattle for their portions, and 
that for the assurance thereof, the said mill house and lands oi' the 
Thomas Gatliffe, shall & is hereby ing:e_ r '<i & bound ouer to the Court at 
Boston, &c. Allowed & approved of, by the Coin . . L663, 
as a full Conclusion & settlement of the said Estate; allowed 30 : I 

Robert Woodward. — Inuentorv of the Goods & Chattels of R 
Woodward, deceased, taken 3' 1 of March 1653. 

Power of Administration to the Estate, graunted to Rachell Woodtr 
his wife, in Behalfe of hir self and Children. 

Rachell Woodward deposed 7 th March 63. 

An account is given of money disbursed to Capt Thomas Sauage, M* 
John Hull, Mr Theodore Atkinson, for shingling the house, finishing of a 
New End & building of a Leanetow to it, &c. &c. for bringing vp of 
three Children, one from 4 yeares, 5 yeares, & 7 yeares, and scooling, to 
wright and to Read, and Clothing, that the Honored Court think I to 


Rachell Woodward, late wife to Robert Woodward, now wife to The 
Harwood, comeing into this Court and Desireing that the Estate of the 
late Robert Woodward might be deuided, the Eldest sone of the said 
Woodward being of age, and others of the Children Drawing neare to 

L859.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 11 

. the I v • licta portion not sett out and an Acounl brought in of Debts 
02 Expencea laid oul by Thomas Harwood to value of £53, e keep- 

ing of the ."> Children of Baid Woodward Beuerall yeares, the Court Judg- 
eth it meet to Order the mouebles to bee to satisfie the said Harwood for 
his Expencea and layeing out as aboue, and w - the house and land 

valued at £60, is now Judgeth worth £200, this Court doth order thai the 
■aid Rachell, the Relict, be allowed to be at hir dispose the sume of £40, 
and thai the payeing the Eldesl son a portion oul of the Remain- 

der, & the other 1 < Children ns they ( Jome . be paid by their Mother 

their Bingle parts of the remainder & make the besl ol the whole b< 
and lands to hir owne vse and benefitt, the said Harwood, or his wife, 
Giueing sufficient securitie for paymenl of the Childrens portions as the\ 
grow Due, in good Country pay. Allowed, .*> Nov r . H>: •'!. 

Robert Turner. — The Last Will and Testament of Robert Turner, 
taken as hee spake it, : 1664. I giue to my Eldest sonne, Ephraim 

Turner, my new Built house, a part wherof he now Dwelleth in, Re- 
Beruing to my Deare wife one roome to herselfe During her lifetime, 
either in the new end or tin- did, at her Owne choyce. 11 so unto my 
Sonne, Ephraim, my Garden runninge from the M n Downe to the 
Lane, running upon a straight Line home Voppins 1 I 

unto my Bonn . J in Turner, all the other part of my now Dwelling 
house vV the Ground below it. Bounded 1>\ M Coles Fence, the other 
Bide to bee bo lefte as my semi'- Ephraim may haue passage by the 
yeard and garden as they tun maj of my Freinds hi 

after named. Out of tins pari of my house B thed to my Bonne 

John, my will is, thai my sonne Fain r, & my Daughter, shall 

remayne in the Roomes they now Dwell in, for the time of four yeares 
next ensuing. To my Bonne, Joseph, I giue my barne beyond Dauid 
Titchbumes hous< >, a pan-ell of Ground upon the Hill, to be in 

breadth at the Fronl 3 rods and Lye next to my sonne Johns 

Diuision, and to Runne through up to .1/ Houchyes. Also 1 Confirme & 
Bequeathe unto my sonne, caireweather, the house and land upon the 
Hill Formerlye Deliuered into hi-* p on. I doe adde unto nr 

Bonne, Faireweather, a strippe of Ground about :i Rod in breadth ad- 
joyning unto .1/' Lynes; also my will is, my sonne, Ephraim, shall 1 
a share of Land upon Center lull next my sonne Fairufeaiher, to be four 
Rod Broade at the groul & Runne through with the other Diuisions. Also 
to my sonne, John Turner, a portion o\ the s ; land next to my sonne, 
Ephraim, to be three rods Broad Equal] with my sonne, Joseph. To my 
] tear wife, [^Bequeathe the thirds of all my houses, Lands and mooueables, 
and after Debts & Legacyes paid all the Lands abroad e, the thirds to my 
said wife, whom I make the sole Executrix of this my Last will and 
testament. I (line to the Church of Boston, wherof through .Mercy 1 
haue so Long remained a member, £20, to he paid in such pay as my 
Estate produceth : to the New Church, £5 ; £5 to y e Church of Cam- 
bridg ; X\0 to M r Stalham, of Tarling, in Essex : c£10 to Cap 1 Oliuers 
Company; j£5 to the other three Companycs, to each 50*; all which 
Legacyes I will to be paid out of the rents or sales of my Lands at Cen- 
trye hill or Muddy riuer. 6z to bee paid by my Dear wife, with the aduice 
& assistance of my Ouerseers, within Foure yeares next insuing the Date 
heerof, at the Discretion of mv wife & Ouerseers, whose assistance, 

12 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Jan. 

aduice &, Counsell to my wife & Children I Earnestly Intreate, whose 
names Follow : — Elder James Penn, Thomas Grubb, William Bar- 
tholmew. Robert Turner. 

Test. John Alcocke. 

24 th Aug. 1664. Elder James Penn and Thomas Grubb deposed. 

An Inventory of the Estate and Goods of Robert Turner, deceased, 
apprised Dec. 16 th 1664, by Edward Fletcher, John Hull. Amt. 
.£1221.17*. Mentions, the Dwelling House and Land thereto belonging, 
the House Confirmed to M r Fairweather & Land belonging, the New 
Frame and all the Land at Centry Hill, the Farme House & Lott at 
Muddye riuer, & other Land there, Interest in Land & Mineral Is at 
Chelmsford, ^V P art °f tne Shippe Supplye, &c. Penelope Turner de- 
posed to this Inventory of the estate of her late husband, Jan 31 st 166 1. 

Elizabeth Harder. — 1: 4 th : 1664. I Elizabeth Harder, of Braintree, 

doe make this my last will. God hauing giuen mee only one Daughter, 
which is my only Childe, I doe giue and bequeath my whole estate, 
mooueable & Immooueable unto her, her he ires & assigns former, except- 
ing such legacyes as are hcerafter specified, & doe Constitute & ordain 
her my sole executrix of this my Last will & Testament. & Doe Intreate 
my Louing Friends, William Necdham & Satnud Tomson, of Brantr 
to be my Ouerseers. I giue unto Elisabeth Saunders, my Daughters 
Child, <£20, with my Bed I Lye on, with all belonging to it, to bee paid 
at the age of 18 yeares, or at the day of marriage, and if slice Dye, if 
my Daughter haue Farther Issue, I giue it unto the next child, & if' not, 
then to Remaine unto my Daughter. I (line unto John Kent & Joseph 
Kent, 40 ff apiece to bee paid within two yeares after my D< cease. I I riue 
unto Joshua Kents three Daughters, 20* apiece, to bee paid to them when 
they are 18 yeares old, or at the Day of Marriage. 1 Giue u. ia- 

mbi Thomson, 40% to bee paid unto him within halfe a year after my 
Decease. I giue unto John Day, <£5 to be paid unto him when he is 20 
yeares old, upon Condition he Liue with my sonne or Daughter till I 
be twenty year Old. Elisabeth Harder. 

Test. Samuell Bass, John Basse, who deposed, Oct r 6 11 ' 1661. 

Inventory of the Estate of Elizabeth Hardier, taken Sep 1 9 th 1661, by 
Samuell Basse, Richard Brackett, William Xcedham. Amt. ^268.11'. 

Martyn Saunders deposed, Oct r 6 th 1664. 

Edward Poole.— 22: 6 mo : 1664. The Last will of Edward Pooh, 
of Weymouth, Being sicke, but of perfect memorve. [Debts to be 
paid.] I giue unto my wife, my dwelling house & the Land adjoyning 
thereunto as* long as she doth keepe her selfe a widow, and also the' Lott 
the Towne gaue me, about 8 acres, giuen as aforesaid, and also 2 acres 
of medow that I Bought of John Prince. I giue the aboue said Land, 
withal the appurtenances therunto Belonging^ unto my sonne, Samuell 
I giue my sonne, Isaack, that Lott that was Weauers, of 18 acres, & 4 
acres of Marsh at Hingham Brook, bought of Lincoll and Nicholls. To 
my sonne, Joseph, all my owne great Lott, & that halfe Lott I Bought 
of Stephen French, near the Cedar swompe piaine ; to my sonne, Ben- 
jamin, all my Common Lotts and three acres of fresh Marsh giuen me 
by the towne near the great Pond ; to my sonne, John, twentv pounds of 
my owne goods ; to my daughter, Sarah, to my sonne Jacob [the same]. 

1859.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 13 

If any of those three Dye before they bee of age, bee that Lines shall 
haue it. It is my will that my wife shall be my sole Executrix, & so to 
liaue the use of three Last Children* portions to Breed them up & when 
my Wife Doe marry, & my sonne, Samuell, Doe Come to possesse my 
now Dwelling house and Land, as aboue said, then hee shall giue his 
Mother, at her surrender, twenty pound starling in good Goods or Cattell. 

The mark of 
In the presence of X Edward Poole. 

Edward Bate, Thomas Dyer, who deposed, 26 Oct 1 " 1664. 

Inventory of the estate taken Sep 1 Hi 11 ' 166 1 by the above individuals. 
The relict* of Edward Toole deposed Oct r 26 th 1664. Mentions in the 
inventory, dwelling house and land, S acres at Rockey Swampe, 18 acres 
of upland, 4 acres of fresh meadow, 2 \ acres near y e Cedar Swampe 
playne, 10 acres of Common Lotts and 3 acres of Marshe in y e Woods, 

2 acres of Medow at the Meaner Dannnes, vScc. 

Margery Lauer. — I, Margery Lauer, of Dorchester, being weake 

and ill, yet of perfect memory, make my Last will. As for my temporal! 

estate, my Just debts being paid, and Funeral! expences Discharged : For 

Debts few or none will Charg me with any, and for my Funeral! 1 would 

haue that Done Liberally & Comly & Decentlye. And for Legacy e & 

Giftes my will is, that M r William Tomson banc 10% to .1/" Richard 

Mather, 10% to John Wis wall, the youngesl of the three, my siluer 

spoone, to Daniel/ Prestons Children, ,V in siluer, ape[ice], to his Wife 

a new p r of Cotton Cardes, to Jane Gurnet, 2* for a memorandum. To 

M r John Wis walls wife a little peice of Gold; 3* to Enoch WiswalU 

wife, & Daughter 20% to Goodwife Preston a half Crowne pe[ice], to 

Thomas Wiswall, in Cambridge, 20*, to M r John Wiswall, .t".l. For 

Legacyes I haue now l);>ne after this, Ov: Buriall Discharged. My Further 

will is, that if it had bcene possible that any [friend] of niyne in England 

Could haue had the Rest I would haue [let] them haue it, but I Looke at 

that, that that Cannot bee. Therefore I would banc what I haue Disposed 

equally between M r John Wiswall, Thomas Wiswall, Daniel I Preston & 

Enoch Wiswall. Daniell Preston, Enoch Wiswall, Executors. 

t»u a r .t a o* Margery Lauer. 

Ihe 4. of the 6: 64. B J 

The will of Margery Lauer 
witnessed by W m Chaplen, Mary Chaplen, who deposed 10 (9) 64. 

The Estate was apprised by John Wiswall and Thomas Wiswall, Aug. 
30, 1664. Daniell Preston and Enoch Wiswall deposed Nov r 10th 1664. 

Joshua Kent. — 22. 2. 1664. I, Joshua Kent, of Dedham, in the 

Countye of Suffolke, being of good understandinge and memorye, through 

the Mercye of God, Make this my Last will. My worldly estate I dispose 

of as followeth, First, that all my Debts bee paid, and the Remainder of 

my Estate I Giue unto Mary, my Wife, whom I make my sole Executrix. 

tut- i 77 i\j i 7/- Joshua Z ms Marke. 

Michaell Metcalfe ^ 

Peter ^ Woodward. 
His -t»» marke. 

Michaell Metcalfe & Peter Woodward deposed 14 (9 m0 ) 1664, 

before me, Elea: Lusher. 

* Name not given. 

14 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Jan. 

This probate was Owned and accepted of by the County Court 17* 
9™ 1664. Edw Rawson Recorder. 

An Inuentorye of the Estate taken April 22, 1664, by Michael! Met- 
calfe, W m Auerye, Nathan Aldis. Am* c£156.1 s .6 tl . Mentions house & 
land at Dedham, land at Wallumunuppuk. 

Mary, the Relict & executrix, attested to the truth of the Inuentory, 
upon Oath, Nov r 14 th 1664, before Eleazer Lusher. 

John Clarke.— 23[r] of Aug. 1664. I, John Clarke, senior, of Bos- 
ton, Chirurgion, Being sicke & weake in Body, but of good & perfect 
memory, make this my last will. [Debts to be paid.] Vnto my wife, 
Martha Clarke, my Dwelling house, with the Land, Wharfe and appur- 
tenances therunto Belonging, lying in Boston, with the houshold Stuffe 
and Furniture in euery p r ticular roome therof as it is Furnished at my 
Decease (with my owne goods) the said house [&c] to be unto her & her 
proper use During the time she shall remaine unmarried. In Case my 
said Wife be married againe, then my will is: slice shall surrender to 
my sonne, John Clarke, the said House [&c.] at or before tin; Day of 
her Marriage. My will is, that my 3 d sonne, John Clarke, shall pay unto 
his Mother, my now wife, the ualue of the one third part of the ualue of 
the said House, land, wharfe. houshold stuffe & furniture aforesaid, the 
said one third part of the ualue of the premisses my wife to enjoy during 
her life, and after her decease, the s' 1 part to he repaid by her Executori 
and Administrators unto my said sonne, John, and to my Daughl 
Jemina Drew, and the Longest Liner of them. I giue unto my sonne, 
John, [all the property aforesaid] and to y r lb-ires male of his Body 
Lawfully Begotten, to his & their use from y« Day of the Marriage of 
my now wife, or from the Day of her Death, w 1 ' shall first happen. In 
Case my s d sonne haue no Issue Male, but Daughter or Daughters, then 
my will is, that my Daughter, Jeminah Drew, her Children, John and 
Elisabeth, shall haue one third part of the ualue of my estate aforesaid, 
& my sonne, John, his Daughter & Daughters and the Longest Liuer of 
them the Other two third parts. I giue unto my wile that Debt which is 
Due unto mee from Captain Thomas Lake, of Boston. I acquit unto my 
sonne, John Clarke, all manner of Debt or Debts, which he is indebted 
unto mee, so as that my Executrix, nor any under her, may make any 
Claim or Demand whatsoeuer for any thing by him from me had before 
the Day of the Date heerof. I giue unto my said sonne, John Clarkt, 
the one third part of my stock of Horses, Mares & Colts, both in this 
Colony of the Massachusetts & in Plimouth Colonve. The other two 
thirds to the use and propriety of my said Daughter, Jeminah Drew, & 
her Children before named. I giue unto my sonne, John Clarke, all that 
Debt that shall Justly appear to be Due to me from | | Boington, of 

Rowley, in New England, by Bond, Mortgage, or otherwise howsoeuer. 
Unto my sonne, Jn° Clarke, that Debt which is Due unto mee from the 
Execut" & Administrate of the Deceased Major Anthony [Humphery~\ 
Autherton, of Dorchester ; unto my sonne, John, all my Books, Instru- 
ments & Materialls, whatsoeuer I haue at the time of my Decease, be- 
longing to the arts of Physicke & Chirurgery. Prouided that in Case rny 
sonne, John Clarke, be married & Doe Dye without Issue, that then my 
will is, that his widow shall enjoy the s a Dwelling house & Land, wharfe 
with the appurtenances together with the Implements of houshold stuffe 

1859.] Hall Family. 15 

& Furniture, in such roome as aforesaid During her Widowhood, & in 
case she be married againe, or die in her widowhood, which of them shall 
first happen. 'Thai then my will & meaning is, that thai estate mentioned 
in this prouiso the one third part thereof shall bee unto my said Daughter, 
Jeminah Drew, for her Life, and the other two third parts shall he unto 
her Children before named. And after their Mothers Decease then y e 
said Children & the Longest Liuer of them to Enjoy the whole. I ordain 
Martha, my wife, sole Executrix, & as for ouerseers I Leave her to her 
Liberty to make choice & use of such p r sons as she shall Judge most able 
to Councel her. John Clark. 

In the presence of 
John Search, Daniel Turell, William Pearse ser. 

Daniell Turell & W Pearse deposed Nov 23 d 1664. 

The Goods & Chattells of Mr John Clarke, of Boston, Deceased, 
apprised pf M r John Wiswall Ac Mr Amos Richardson, Jan. 24 th 1664. 
Amt. £1295. 6*. Elizabeth Clarice deposed Feb. :}, Ki(ji to this Inventory 
of her Late Husband, Mr John Clarice II'- Esl tte. Mentions in the in- 
ventory 3 StOUes,* valued at £3. 

(To be Continued.) 

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[The Hall Family, printed in Brooks's History of Medford, and afterwards reprinted 
.. a pamphlet of 12 pages, contains Beveral errors in relation to the different Stephens 
Hall, which I would correct, on the authority of Mr. T. B. Wyman, Jr. and the " Wil- 
lard Genealogy." The figures in brackets refer to the printed genealogy. — w. h. aw] 

[2] John F Trill of Concord had a son Stephen [13] and his brother 
Stephen Hall [1] of Concord, Stow, and finally in 1699 of Queensbacke, 
[Quinebaug ?] Conn, had also a son Stephen < not in the genealogy, but 
should be [19.}]). On page 4 of the pamphlet [2-13] should be [19 J.] 
And on page 5 [13-39] should be [2-13.] So much for corrections; — 
I will now give a clear pedigree of these Stephens as they should be. 

Stephen, son of Stephen and Ruth (Davis) Hall, of Concord, was of 
Charlestown, m. 1st, Grace, daughter of Thomas and Grace Willis, who 
d. Nov. 19, 1721 ; 2d, Martha Hill, and 3d, Anne, widow of Joseph 
Newell. He d. Nov. 7, 1719, aged 82. 

* In the Massachusetts Records, vol. iii. p. 283, vol. iv. part 1, p. 104 (printed 
volumes), under date of October 19th, 1652, is the following vote on the subject of 
" Fireworks to save fuel : " — 

"Mr Clarkc['s] invention" — "Mr Clarkes monopolie." "Itt is ordered by this 
Courte, that no person shall for the space of three yeeres next ensuing, make vse of 
Mr John Clarks invention for saving of fire wood and warming of roomes with little 
cost and charges, by which meanes great bennefitt is like to be to the countie, especially 
to theise populous places ; and if any family or other person doe, by the consent and 
direction of the said Mr John Clarke, or w lh out, improove or vse the said experiment, 
they shall pay tenn shillings to the said Mr Clarke, for which the said Mr. Clarke may 
sue or implead any person before anv comissioner for the same, as the cawse shall 
require." — Oct. 19, 1652. 

In 1656, the above grant, having by limitation expired, the General Court confirmed 
the order to Mr. Clarke "for the terme of his life." — Records, vol. iii. p. 401, vol. iv. 
part I, p. 260. 

16 Hall Family. [Jan. 

His mother, Ruth Davis, was daughter of Capt. Dolor Davis of Barn- 
stable, by his wife, Margery Willard, sister of the famous Simon Willard. 
Hence came the name of one of Stephen Hall's children. He had : — 

Stephen, b. Nov. 5, 1693. 

Grace, b. June 17, 1697; m. Isaac Parker, May 21, 1715. 

Esther, b. Dec. 27, 1700 ; m. Peter Eades, Dec. 18, 1729. 


Josiah, b. Mav 12, 1705 ; d. May 20, 1706. 

R ut h, b. ■ — 1708 ; m. 1st, John Weber, July 8, 1725 ; 2d, T. 

Symmes, Dec. 11, 1735. 

Stephen, son of the last, m. 1st, Ann Boylston, 1719 ; and 2d, Eliza- 
beth Sanders, in Boston, April 27, 1736. His will was proved March 
19, 1773, and his widow's May 20, 1775. 

Lieutenant Stephen Hall, son of John, m. 1st, Elizabeth -, who 

d. May 14, 1716, aged 42; and 2d, Elizabeth , who d. Feb. 3, 

1764, aged 83. He d. Sept. 3, 1755, aged 85. His children were :— 

Mary, b. April 17, 1719 ; m. Francis Whitmore. 
Stephen, b. Aug. 10, 1721. 
Sarah, b. Oct. 14, 1724 ; d. Aug. 30, 1721. 
Elizabeth, b. Dec. 19, 1725 ; d. Sept. 9, 1749. 

His will, dated July 26, 1750, mentions wife Elizabeth, son Stephen, 
daughter Mary and her heirs ; which proves that our record is correct as 
to the surviving issue. I have no hesitation in claiming this Mary as the 
wife of Francis Whitmore, as he m. a Mary Hall, Jan. 1, 1739, who d. 
Oct. 20, 1791, aged 72.* 

There was no other Mary Hall, born in Med ford or Charlestown about 
1719, and the exact correspondence of the year makes the identity indis- 

It is also worth while to notice the marriages in this family. Stephen 
Hall m. Grace Willis, and his cousin Percival Hall m. Jane Willis, both 
daughters of Thomas and Grace Willis ; Stephen's daughter m. Isaac 
Parker, and his niece Mary Willis m. Benj. Parker. We see then that 
Percival Hall had a brother Stephen Hall, and a brother-in-law Stephen 
(commonly called a brother in old documents,) a son, Stephen, and two 
nephews, Stephens, and as other branches of the same family also had 
Stephens, the whole matter becomes a most intricate genealogical puzzle, 
which may be my excuse for former errors and present anxiety for cor- 

< — « — ->- 

Jacob Bird. — Saturday night, the 27th ult, Mr. Jacob Bird, of Dor- 
chester, being belated before he left the Town, in going home miss'd his 
Way, and was found froze to Death last Monday morning. — Boston Ga- 
zette, Monday, Jan. 5, 1767. 

The same paper states : — It was the " coldest weather known for many 

* This age of his wife was erroneously printed in the History of Medford as 79, 
which caused me much trouble in identifying the person meant. I have, however, 
examined the diary of her eldest son, and find her age recorded as above. 

1859.] The Belknap Family. 17 


[By W. E. Warren.] 

Having undertaken, at the request of my aged and honored mother-in- 
law, Mrs. Amelia Birdsall of this place, (a daughter of Major Isaac Bel- 
knap of Revolutionary memory, and grand-daughter, on the side of her 
mother, of Col. Briggs Alden of Duxbury, Mass.,) to make some inquiries 
respecting her ancestors who lived in Massachusetts, I have recently visit- 
ed Boston, VVoburn, Charlestown, &c, for that purpose. In comparing 
the minutes made of the results of my investigations, with the Note con- 
tained in Vol. VI., page 208 of your valuable Historical and Genealogical 
Register, there appears to be a discrepancy between us. According to my 
memoranda, Joseph Belknap, the first of the name who settled in Bos- 
ton, had three wives ; the first, named Ruth ; the second, Lydia ; 

and the third, Hannah Meek ins, dau. of Thomas Meekings (or Meekins) 
of Hatfield or Braintree. The names of his children were as follows : — 

By first wife, Ruth: Joseph, 2 b. Jan. 26, 1658; Mary, 2 b. Sept. 25, 

1660, m. Grafton ; Nathaniel 2 b. Aug. 13, 1663 ; Elizabeth 2 b. 

July 1, 1665, m. Pattason. 

By second wife, Lydia : Ruth 2 b. Nov. 27, 1668. 

By third wife, Hannah : Thomas 2 b. June 29, 1670 ; John 2 b. June 1, 
1672 ; Hannah 2 b. June 8, 1673 ; Ruth? b. March 17, 1676-7 ; Abigail? 
b. June 27, 1678-9; Abraham 2 b. April 26, 1681 ; Samuel 2 uncertain ; 
named in his father's will. 

Joseph 1 Belknap, senior, died in Boston in 1712, aged 82, and was 
buried in the old burying ground adjoining the King's Chapel. His will, 
dated Nov. 29, 1710, was proved Dec. 5, 1712, and recorded in Suffolk 
County Registry of Deeds, Vol. 18, pp. 15 and 16. His sons, Joseph and 
Samuel Belknap were the executors named, with whom, John Cole, 
writing master, and Deacon John Marion were joined, " to be helpful in 
settling the estate." 

II. Joseph 2 Belknap, b. Jan. 26, 1658, m. first, Deborah Fitch, dau. of 
Jeremiah Fitch of Boston. Their children were : 1. Mary, 3 b. Nov. 24, 
1684, d. Dec. 9, 1684; 2. Joseph 3 b. Nov. 18, 1685, d. Feb. 12, 1714; 
3. Jeremiah 3 b. Jan. 1, 1686, m. Sarah Fosdick. 

Mrs. Deborah, wife of Joseph Belknap, died April 20, 1687, aged 22. 

He m. second, Abigail Buttolph, April 1, 1690, and had by her: — 

Thomas 3 b. Jan. 24, 1690, d. March 6, 1695, [grave-stone ;] Abigail 3 
b. Feb. 29, 1691, m. John Man; Mary 3 b. Oct. 15, 1694, m. John 
Homer; Nicholas 3 b. Oct. 15, 1695; Buttolph 3 b. Dec. 29, 1697; Na- 
thaniel 3 b. Dec. 18, 1699; Ruth 3 b. March 2, 1702, d. June 2, 1704, 
[grave-stone ;] Elizabeth 3 b. April 13, 1708, m. Benj. Russell ; Lydia, 3 
b. Jan. 17, 1709, m. David Cutler ; Abraham, 3 uncertain ; mentioned in 
his mother's will. 

Joseph Belknap died March 30, 1716, aged 58, and was buried in the 
burying-ground near the common. He died of an apoplectic fit, as he 
was reading a newspaper in a coffee-house. His will bears date Dec. 2, 
1715, and was proved June 13, 1716. In it mention is made of house 
and land in Boston, corn-mill and fulling-mill in Roxbury. His wife 
Abigail to have the use of the estate, the same to be divided equally after 
her decease, to his children. Mrs. Abigail Belknap, widow of Joseph, 
died June 9, 1734. Her will was made March 2, 1729, and proved June 
18, 1734. 


18 The Belknap Family. [Jan. 

III. Jeremiah 3 Belknap, b. Jan. 1, 1686, m. by Rev. Ebcnezer Pem- 
berton, Nov. 3, 1709, to Sarah Fosdick. He d. in 1751, aged 65 yean. 
Their children were : 1. Deborah* b. March 31, 1711, m. Samuel Webb ; 
2. Sarah* b. May 20, 1713, m. Joseph Edwards; 3. Man/, 4 b. Mav 9, 
1715; 4. Joseph} b. Feb. 12, 1716-1717, m. Sarah Bylea • :>. Hannah, 4 
b. April 19, 1719, m. Mary Rand; 6. Jeremiah,* b. Feb. 10, L720 ; 7. 
Rebecca,* b. Aug. 18, 1722 ; 8. Elizabeth, 4 b. April 12, 1725, m. Thos. 
Jackson ; 9. Abigail, 4 b. Mav 5, 17*J7. 

IV. Joseph 4 Belknap, b. Feb. 12, 1716-17, m. Sarah Byles, .Inly 31. 
1741, and had the following children : 1. Jeremiah,'' b. June 4, 17 11. m. 
Ruth Eliot; 2. Sarah? b. Sept. 1, 1717; 3. Abigail," b. Sept. 1. 1760, 
and perhaps others. Records of later date not examined. 

Your Note, above referred to, states that Jeremiah WBS a ton of the 
first Joseph, who d. in 1712. aged 82, which is not cornet, he being a 
grandson of his. Another error, though not important, appears in the 
statement that Joseph, son of Jeremiah, 1». Feb. 12. 1717. was the oldest 
of 9 children, he being the fourth child. 

1 add from my minutes some particulars respecting other membei 

the family, and will he glad to receive such information BJ Will enable un- 
to prepare a full genealogy of all the branches. The tradition here is, 
that there were originally, ** three brothers who came from Lancashire, 
England, about the year 16*25, and settled in Boston," hut I do not put 
much confidence in such traditions. 

V. Thomas 2 Belknap, b. June 29, 1(570, glover, m. Jane Cheney, 
March 6, 1693-4, prob. <lau. of Thomas Cheney of Cambridge. Children: 

Thomas, 3 b. , m. Sarah Hill; Jane? b. Nov. 1. 1699, m. Timothy 

Winn; Benjamin? b. Mav 3. 1702, m. Hannah Richardson ; Hannah? b. 

May 18, 1704; Samuel? b. Ma) 24, 1707. .... Lydia Stearns; , a 

daughter, born in 1700, d. Oct. 26, 1712; and probably Joseph? who 
married Margaret Russell of Watertown, April 9, 1784. 

Thomas Belknap of Cambridge, glover, bought of David Stowell and 
Robert Murdock, June '20, 1698, laud situate in Woburn, at a place called 
Forty " Pound Meadow." Mid. I. Reg. of Deeds, Vol. 12, p. 256 
also Vol. 13, p. 471, and Vol. 15, p. 1, &c. He d. at Woburn, Q L 15, 
1755, (as stated in a letter from his grandson William, son of Samuel, 
dated Woburn, March 31, 1756.) 

VI. Samuel 3 Belknap, b. May 24, 1707, m. Lydia Stearns, dau. of 
Isaac and Mary Stearns of Billerica. Their children' were ; 1. Willia* ■ 
b. May 27, 1730, m. Hannah Flagg ; 2. Ruth* b. Nov. 11, I731,d. June 
27, 1734, [grave-stone-,] 3. Isaac,* b. Dec. 14, 1733; 4. Samuel? b. 

Samuel Belknap of Woburn, gentleman, sold to Gershom Flagg his 
real estate in W 7 oburn, land in Wilmington, all his stock, tools, household 
goods, &c. Deed dated Dec. 10, 1751. (Midd. Reg. of Deeds, Vol. 50, 
t p. 421.) About that time he removed to Newburi:ii, X. Y., where he 
settled, with several of his children. He d. Jan. 1, 1771. 

VII. Isaac 4 Belknap, b. at Woburn, Dec. 14, 1733, m. Bridget Rich- 
ardson, dau. of Stephen Richardson of Woburn, Jan. 1759 and had • 
1. Bridget? b. Oct. 26, 1759, d. July 27, 1768 ; 2. Isaac} b. Oct. 3* 
1761; 3. Mary? b. Oct. 4, 1763, m. Derick Amerman ; ^Elizabeth* 

1850.] Extracts from Records of East Haddam, Ct. 


b. April 26, 1765, m. John Warren; 5. Olive* b. March 26, 1767, d. 
June 5, 1768; 6. Bridget? b. Sept. 18, 17( ;k \ m, Leonard Carpenter ; 
7. Richardson? b. Jul) 26, L770,d. July 26, 1770: 8. Abel? h. Oct. 14, 
177'J, d June, 1773 ; 9. William? b. Ma) k J7. 177 t, d. Sept. 15, 17*3 I : 

10. Olive? b. Julj 29, L777, d. Aug. 2, 1777. 

Mrs, Bridgel Belknap, wife of Isaac Belknap, d. Aug. 8, 1777, and ho 
m. secondly, Mrs. Deborah [Alden) Coffin, Sept. 10. 1778, and by her 
had: 11. Amelia? b. June 27 1779, m. Charles Birdsal I ; 12. Alden? 
h. March 17, 1781 ; 13. Briggs? b. July 11. 1783; 14. .hulah? !,. Oct. 
26, 1785; lf>. Lydia? b. Peb. 1788, unmarried; 16. Deborah? b. Dec. 

1 1. 1792, m. Seth Brooks. 

Mrs. Deborah Belknap d. at Newburgh, March 7, 1793. lie d. April 
29, is If). 

If agreeable to you, I may hereafter send you some further account of 
this family, which is quite numerous in this country, and comprises some 
of our best citizens. 

The late Gen. William G. Belknap, of the [Jnited - Army, was a 

grandson of Samuel, who was born October 18, 1735. 

Newburgh, N. 1 ., August 19, 1858 



[Copied by D, Williams Pattbbso*, of West Winsted, Ct., Feb, 81, 1857, from 

Book L] 

June 2 d 1688 machamoodus meadows diuision 

1 Joseph Arnold 

2 John Bate for Jons 

3 John pare nee 

4 m r gilbert for hats [ Bates] 

5 Thomas Clark 

6 Richard wakly 

7 John Baly 

8 ackle for piper 

9 dnnncl Braner s r 

10 John Bate for web 

11 m r lvnds for Stan" 1 

12 mr Rollo 

13 John wiat 

14 Will Spenser for j£ [Ack- 


15 John Spenser 

16 Blachford 

At A meetting of the propriators of the lands one the east side the 
grat Riuer in haddom being Legally warned nouember y e seventh 1709, 
then the propriators by uote &c : 

At the same meetting by ajurnment it was uoted that whereas their was 
A Committe chosen to mesur and Renew the bounds of the first diuision 





mr Nby< 





Gilbert for Shal 1 





( rorge gats [Gi 





mr Chapman ha-] ( Jorb* 




Braner for lux ford 





Braner foT Tho Smith 




Jains wells 





Thomas Brooks 





garade Spenser 

k J19: 




dannel Cone 




Blacklecfa for Vent" 





four Snilins 


mr Noyes for dibel 









Gilbert for hener* on 




mr Noyce for Smith 



Extracts from Records of East Haddam, Ct. [Jan. 

of meadow land one the east side the grate Riuer in haddom agreed upon 
and A draft draun in the year 1688 and to lay it out by that draft and 
whareas that diuision did not Comprehend all the meddows thay ware to 
lay out the Rest in A second diuision acording to and by the old draft 
aboue mentioned, and the s d Committe haue dono the s d work and brought 
in their Return to this meetting and the propriators doe aproue and except 
of the same and that euery propriator that hath any lot or part of a lot 
hath liberty forth with to enter or Record their lots or part of lots in the 
Towne ReCords 

[This list is that of the second division of lands in the town, and is, 
undoubtedly, the same as the first division, which does not appear on 
record. — d. w. p.] 

The estate of the first pro] 

Joseph Arnold 

John Bate for Jones 

John Parenc 

mr gilbert for m r Bate 

Thomas Clarke 

Richard wakly 

John Bailie 

ackle for piper 

Daniell Brainerd 

John Bate for weeb 

m r lvns for Stanard 

m r Rollo 

John VViet 

William Spencer for ackle 

John Spencer 


At a propriators meetting in haddom cast side apriell 22 : 1717 
That whear as thear was formerly a grant and draft for a first and 
second diuision with conuenient highways v< | m ai much as tliear ifl no 
mention made of what quantity of land should be lavd out to the propor- 
tion of an hundred pound Right and nothing of each mans lott put upon 
record by which neglect thear arises considerable demurr and controurcy 
among us and for as much as according to what light can be gained the 
first diuision was layd out sixty acres to ye proportion of an hundred 
pounds estate and the second diuision to the proportion of sixty three 
acres or thear abouts to the hundred pounds estate ; to put an ende to s d 
controuercye we ye s d propriators haue agreed by uote that the first and 
second diuision shall stande according to ye originall draft in ye seuerall 
allotments the first diuision att sixty acres and the second diuision att sixty 
three acres or there abouts in proportion to the hundred pounds estate and 
that euery one concerned in the first and second diuision may caus an 
entry or Record to be made of euery mans alottment to the originall 


rs in machamoodus 


mr noyce 




( Jilhert for Shailer 




• rorge Gab i 




mr ( lhapman for oorbe 




Daniell Urainard for 


ford 029 



branerd for Too: Bm 




Jains wells 




Thomas Brooks 




( iarade Spone.-r 




daniell Cone 

07 1 


blackleg for Ventral 




m r noyce for dibell 






( rilben for henereon 




m r noyCC for Smith 



1859.] Military Defences in Hampshire County. 21 


[From the originals in the possession of Ch LBUBfl Si odd vim, Esq. of Bo-ton. Copied 
and communicated by Samuel Bubwham.] 

In the House of Representatives, Nov. 11th, 1743. 

Whereas it appears necessary, from the apprehensions this House 
have of a speedy Rupture between the Crowns of Great Britain and 
Prance, that the Inland Frontiers in this province be put into a better 
posture of defence — Therefore, 

Voted, Thai the following Bums 1)'- and hereby are granted to be paid 
out of the Publick Treasury, to be laid out in some of the settlements in 
the County of Hampshire, vi/. 1 : to Fall Town, Colerain, Blanford, Stock- 
bridge, Sheffield and upper Housatunnock, one hundred pounds each; 
ami to now Hampton, sixtv-six pounds, thirteen shillings, and four pel 
All which sums shall be taken out of the seven Thousand pounds appro- 
priation Provided in the supplv Bill now before this Court, and shall be 
paid into the hands of mess*" Thomas [ngersole, John Leonard and 
Thomas Jones, with Buch as the Hon Board >ha!l Joyn, as a Committee 
fullv authorized and [mpowered to receive the same, and (first taking the 
Direction of the Captain -General to lay out, in the most prudent manner, 
in Erecting in each of the before-named settlements, for their security 
during the War, a Garrison or Garrisons of Stockades or of Square Tim- 
ber, round some dwell ing-house or houses, or otherw se, as will be most 
for the security and Defence of the whole Inhabitants of each place — the 
Committee, as near as may be, to proportion the Expence to the sums 
hereby granted, and the overplus, it' any be, to be returned into the 
province Treasury ; the Committee to be accountable, and to produce 
Vouchers that they have paid for the Charge of said Fortifications 
well for materials as to the Workmen Employed in Bills of Credit 

Provided, nevertheless, that if the apprehensions of War be over before 
the money be laid out, what Remains shall be returned into the Treasury, 
there to ly for the further Order of this Court. 

Sent up for Concurrence. J. Cushing, Spk*. 

In Council, Novem. 11 th , 1743. Read and Concurred, and John Stod- 
dard and Oliver Partridge, Esq™ are .b.yned in the Adair. 

J. Willard, Secry. 
Consented to. 

W. Shirley. 
Copy examined p 1 J. Willard, Secry. 

By His Excellency, William Shirley. Esq" Captain-General and Gov- 
ernour-in-Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts 
Bay in New England : — 

Forasmuch as the General Assembly of this Province have made Pro- 
vision for defraying the Charge of Erecting places of Strength in divers 
Towns and Settlements within the County of Hampshire for the Security 
of the Inhabitants thereof in case of a War, 

I do therefore hereby authorize and direct you (or the major part of 
you) forthwith to repair to the County of Hampshire, and to take effectual 
Care that a Garrison or Garrisons be Erected in each of the Towns and 
Settlements following, viz : The Place called Fall Town, The Place 

22 Military Defences in Hampshire County. [Jan. 

called Colerain, The Towns of Blandford, Stockbridge & Sheffield, The 
place called upper Housatounock, The place called New Hampton. 

And the Charge of Fortifying the Several places aforesaid You must 
proportion according to the Several Sums allowed by the General Court 
for Fortifying each of the places aforesaid, and be sure not to exceed 
those Sums, but take Care that they be laid out with all prudence and 
Frugality. The Several Garrisons or Fortifications you may judge neces- 
sary to be Erected in those places must be Built either of Stockadoes or 
Square Timber, as you shall apprehend will be most Suitable for Defence. 
The particular places in said Settlements for Erecting these Works must 
be such as will best accommodate the whole Body of the Inhabitants in 
those Settlements; and so far as that end may be attained, 1 direct You 
to Erect these Works in such a Situation as may Cover any other of His 
Majesty's Subjects Settled in the exposed parts of the Frontiers within 
this District, & that they may be placed at such a distance from one 
another as may he most Convenient for the Reception & accommodation 
of such Scouts as may from time to time be employed in ranging the 
Woods, & of such Forces as in Case of War may be sent out for the 
annoyance of the Enemy in any of their Settlement-. And as you are 
to State the particular places for Erecting these Works, either for Fortify- 
ing One or more Houses in each Garrison, or otherwise, as Ybu shall 
judge most expedient. s<» you must take Care to Purchase the proper 
materials, and agree with the Workmen in the best and Cheapest manner, 
and take Receipts lor every particular Sum y<>u lay out in this Service, 

SO Saving such small Expense - a- w ill ( teCUr, which, in the nature of the 

thing, will not demand such a proof; and. when the affair is Com pleated, 
Report to me your proceedings herein, & lender an acco* of the money 
laid out in the Service, with the Vouchers thereof. 

Given under my hand, a: I'. eton,the Thirtieth Dayoi November, 1743, 
In the seventeenth Year of His Majesty's K- ign. 

W. Shirley. 
To John Stoddard & Oliver Partridgi . E q". 

& Mess™. Tho 8 . [ngersol, John Lonard a 

Thomas Jones. 

[To Col. John Stoddard.] 
Sir, — I received vour Letter of the "J' 1 Instant, and observe what you 
have mentioned respecting the Tracks which have been discovered near 
Number Four, and of vour Suspicion of an Enemy lurking about that 
Place, & of your detaining the Soldiers raised for the Expedition for the 
Defence of the Inhabitants on that Frontier. But upon advising with the 
Council, who are in opinion with me in this matter, I think it necessary 
that you should send what Soldiers you can raise for the Expedition to 
Boston without delay ; And that what Number of Soldiers you shall 
judge necessary for the Protection of the Inhabitants, upon this or any 
other Emergency, I hereby desire and impower You to raise them in 
your Regiment, & order them on such Service, Giving me Advice without 
Delay of your Proceedings in this Affair. 

I am, Sir, your assured friend & Servant, 

Boston, March 4, 1744. W - Shirle y- 

P. S. I have sent you, by Col Dwight, .£187.105. as advanced Wages 
for Miller's, Huston's & Pomroy's Comp', and £50 as Bounty money for 
Pomroy's Company. 

1859.] Ancient Burial- Ground at Stonington, Ct. 23 


[By J. D. Champlin, Jr. of Stonington.] 

Tins ancient burial-ground is situated about two and a half miles from 
the present village of Stonington, and about midway between that place 
and the town of Westerly, R. I. It is located upon a sloping hill, on the 
east side of Wickutequock Cove, and hard by the spot where William 
Chesebrough, the first pioneer in this town, erected his dwelling. It is 
of peculiar interest to the antiquarian, having been in existence more than 
two centuries. Tradition says that here repose the remains of most of the 
fathers of the settlement; that here William Chesebrough, Walter Palmer 
and Thomas Stanton found their last resting-place. Hut no monumental 
inscriptions mark their graves, and we know not where they lie. Tradi- 
tion tells us, that this ground was consecrated by receiving the remains 
of one of the sons of William Chesebrough, who cut himself so severely 
with a scythe, while; mowing, that he bled to death. I hie, also, were 
laid to rest the Rev. James Nbyes, Thompson, Ilallam, Breed, Thomas 
Miner, his son, Deacon Manasseh Miner, and many others of the ancient 
worthies of Stonington. We will commence with the grave of Thomas 
Miner, as it bears the oldest inscription of any in the yard. It is a long, 
unhewn slab of native granite, halt' imbedded in the earth, and roughly 
inscribed : — 



The name is found, both on record and on tomb-stones, spelled in- 
differently — as Minor and Miner — but his autograph was Minor. He was 
the tenth in descent from Henry Minor of Somersetshire, Eng., who died 
in 1359, and to whom King Edward granted a coat of arms for loyal 

Lieutenant Thomas Miner was one of the leading men in the settle- 
ment of both New London and Stonington. He married Grace, daughter 
of Walter and Rebecca Palmer, and had children — John, Thomas, 
Clement, Manasseh, Ephraim, Joseph, Judah, Samuel, Ann, Marie, 
Eunice, Elizabeth and Hannah. To Manasseh belongs the honor of 
bein<r the first white male child born in New London. Lieutenant 
Thomas Miner died Oct. 23d, 1690, and his wife Grace the same year. 

A large table stone, with the sculptured arms of Miner at the head, 
marks the crave of Deacon Manasseh Miner. 

Here lieth the body of 

Deacon Manasseh Miner 

Who died April 29^ 1728 

in ye 82 nd year of 

his age. 

Another large table stone, with arms at head, is — 


of Deacon Thomas Miner. 

died April ye 9^ 1739 In 

the 56 year of his age. 

24 Ancient Burial- Ground at Stonington, Ct. [Jan. 

Here lieth 

Ephraim ye 

Son of Thomas 

& Hannah Miner 

Born Fet/y ye 25th 

172J aged 

12 howers. 

Here Lyeth 

the body of 


Who departed 

August ye 12 

1720 in ye 70 



The tombstone of Mr. John Breed is a large upright slab of blue slate 
stone, the inscription being as clear and distinct as it was the day it was 
cut. It is as follows : — 

In Memory of a pious pair 

This carved stone is erected here 

viz. of Mr. JOHN BREED & his wife 

MERCY who lived togather in y e 

marriage state in a most religious manner 

about 64 years & then dec d leaving 

a numerous ofspring, he in y e year 

1751 about 90 years of age & she in 

ye year 1752 about 83. erected in y e 

year 1772. 6 of their Children then 


Behold th' Righteous live long on earth 
And in old age resign their Breath 
They & their Ofspring here are blest 
When don with life they go to rest. 

Mr. Breed was dismissed from the church at Lynn, Mass., and became 

a member of the church at Stonington, then under the pastoral charge 

of the Rev. James Noyes. He married Mercy, daughter of Gershem 

id Ann Palmer, June 8th, 1690. 

\n upright brown stone slab, near the entrance of the yard, marks the 

° of Samuel Yeomans — 

Here Lyes y e 

Body of M r 

Sam 11 Yeomans 

who died June 

ye 9th 1753 In 

ye 65 l h Year of 

his Age. 

At the northern extremity of the enclosure, are the graves of the 
Chesebrough family ; among them, those of Elihu Chesebrough and his 
wife Hannah. He was the only child of Elisha Chesebrough, son of the 

1859.] Ancient Burial- Ground at Stonington, Ct. 25 

first William, and of Deborah, daughter of Walter Palmer. He married 
Hannah, daughter of Manasseh Miner, July 4, 1698. 

In Memory In Memory of 

of Mr. Ehhu Mrs. Hannah 

Chesebrough Wife to Mr. Eli 

who died June hu Chesebrough 

ye 28 th 1750 who died Aug sl 

in ye 82 nd year 22 nd 1751 in 

of his age. ye 73 rd year 

of her age. 

The grave of Nathaniel Chesebrough is covered with a large table 
slab, with the following inscription : — 


Lyeth Interred the Body 

Of Nathaniel Chesebrough 

Esqr. died April ye 8 th 1732 

In y e 66 th year of his age. 

He was the son of Nathaniel Chesebrough, son of the first William, and 
of Hannah, daughter of Col. George Denison by his first wife, Bridget 

A large table stone, with arms at top, marks the resting place of David 
Chesebrough — 

In Memory of 


of Newport Rhode Island 

Who was born at Stonington 

Educated in Boston 

For many Years an eminent Merchant 

In Newport, 

Where he settled & liv'd till 1776, 

When driven off thence by the Enemy, 

He sat down on his Estate 

In Stonington in Connecticut 

Where he dy'd Feb'y 27th 1782 at 80 

He was for many Years a Member 

Of the 2 nd Congregational Church 

In Newport 

Of Exemplary Piety & Virtue. 

A large table slab, with arms at top, is erected — 

In Memory of 

Wife of Daniel Chesebrough, Esqr 

Who departed this life March 27th n82 

Aged 62 

Thou tender Mother and thou best of friends 

We next come to that portion of the ground where repose the remains 
of the descendants of Thomas Stanton, the famous Indian interpreter in 
the early days of the Colony. We give below the inscriptions from the 

26 Ancient Burial- Ground at Stoningtoti, Ct. [Jan. 

tombstones of two of his sons. The stones themselves are plain upright 
slabs of brown stone, standing near each other, in the northeast portion 
of the yard. Robert Stanton was with Col. George Denison, in the 
expedition in which he captured Canonchet, the Narragansett chief, and 
is mentioned by Hubbard in his Indian wars. Thomas was probably the 
eldest child of the first Thomas. Their mother was Ann, daughter of 
Thomas and Dorothy Lord. 

Here lyeth Here lyeth 

The Body of The Body of 

Robert Stanton Thomas Stanto n 

Gen 11 who dyed Gent, dyed 

Octo ye 25th 1724 April the" 1 1* 

in ye 71 st year 1718 in ye 80 th 

of his age. year of his age. 

Here lyeth the Body 
Of Sarah Daughter of 
Cap tn Thomas Gardner 

Of Brookline And 
former wife of Sarnu' 1 

Stanton, Who dyed 

Novemb r y« 11: 1716: 

in y« 28 th year of 

her age. 

Hard by stands a slab of brown stone, marking the resting place of 
Col. Joseph Champlin : — 

In Memory of 

Col. Joseph Champlin 

who died 

Dec 20th 1790 

in the 84 th year 

of his age. 

Who died in a full assurance 

of a glorious resurrection 

of the just. 

Col. Champlin was of the fourth generation of his name in this country. 
He was the second son of Capt. Christopher Champlin and of Elizabeth, 
daughter of George Denison, Jr. and Mercy Go r ham. He was a man 
of great integrity and piety, and much beloved in his adopted town. He 
was born in Westerly, R. I., Aug. 4th, 1709. 

Johnathan y e son of 

Capt. John Brown 
& Dorothy his Wife 

died Decem r v e 14 
1750 aged 19 years. 

Behold & See as you Pass by 
As you are now so once was I 
As I am now so you must be 
Prepare for Death & follow me. 

A large table slab of brown stone covers the remains of the Rev. James 
oyes. He was^the first minister of Stonington, and was the son of the 

1859.] Ancient Burial- Ground .at Stonington. Ct. 27 

Rev. James Noyes of Newbury, Mass. He married, Sept. 11, 1674, 
Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Stanton, and had children — Dorothy, James, 
Thomas, John, Anna, Joseph and Moses. 

The arms of the Noyes family are sculptured at the foot of the stone, 
and the inscription is as follows : — 

In Expectation 

of A joyful Resurrection 

to Eternal Life 

Here Lyeth Interred y e Body 

of the Rev'd Mr. James Noyes 

Aged 80 years 

Who after A Faithful Serving 

of the Church of Christ 

In this Place 

For more than 55 years 

Deceased Dec br y e 30: 17££ 

Majesty, Meekness & Humility 

Here meet in one with greatest Charity. 

Immediately adjoining, upright stones mark the graves of Mrs. Dorothy 
Noyes and of Capt. Thomas Noyes, son of the Rev. James Noyes : — 

In Memory of 

Dorothy y° wife of 

y c Rever d Mr. James 

Noyes Deceased 

who died Jan ry 

ye 19th 174| 

in y e 91 8t year of 

her age. 


Capt. Thomas Noyes 

Son of y e Rev d Mr. James 

Noyes. he was born 

Aug st ye 15th 1679 and ' 

died June ye 26th 1755. 


ELIZABETH v e wife 

of Capt. THOMAS 

NOYES who died 

Oct r y e 23 rd 1762 

aged about 77 years. 

Capt. Thomas Noyes married Elizabeth, daughter of Capt. Peleg 

Sandford and , daughter of Gov. William Brenton of R. I., Sept. 

3, 1705, and had a large family. 

A rough unhewn stone, about fourteen inches wide and six feet long, 
and nearly imbedded in the turf, is supposed to mark the resting place 
of Ann, wife of Gershom Palmer. It is inscribed simply — 


Gershom, son of Walter Palmer, married Ann, daughter of Capt. 
George Denison. 

28 Ancient Burial- Ground at Stonington, Ct. [Jan. 

Next, are the graves of Nehemiah and Capt. Benjamin Palmer, sons 
of the first Walter. Nehemiah married Hannah, daughter of Thomas 
Stanton, Nov. 20, 1662. 

Here lyeth y« Body 

of Nehemiah Palmer 

Esq 1- ; dyed Febry 

the m 1717 in 

the 81 st year of 

his age. 

Here lyeth y* 
Body of Beniamin 

Palmer Captin 
who dyed 

April the lO"' 

1716 in ye 71 th 
year of his age. 

Ichabod, son of Gershom and Ann Palmer, married his cousin Han- 
nah, daughter of Nehemiah Palmer. 

Here lyeth the body 
of Prudence Daughte* 

of Lchaboad And 

1 [annah Palmer who 

Dyed December 

y« 2$H In y e IP'' year of 

I hi- age 1716. 

In Memory of 
Elias y« Son of 
[c ha bod Palmer 

<lir<l March v e 18* 

1738 m y"-JP'' 
year of his a 

At the eastern extremity of the enclosure, an irregular slab of the stone 
common in the vicinity— once upright, but now almost imbedded in the 
soil — is rudely inscribed : — 

Here lyeth the bodv of 

EMA1Y [Emily?] DAVEL 

The wife of Joseph 

Davel a^ed 47 

Dpt 22^1712. 

In Memory of In Memory of 

Ann y e Daughter Sarah y e Daughter 

of Capt. Isaac of Cap. Isaac 

Werden & Sarah Werden & Sarah 

his Wife who his Wife who 

was Born Nov xvas Born Nov' 

y'6th 1748 & y . 6 th 1748 & 

died Janr' y died October 

17th ^h r 26th 1752. 

1859.] Preserve the Papers. 29 

IN MEMORY Here lieth y« 

of Abigail y e Wife Body of Anna 

of Mr. Benjamin Tracy died Feb 17 

Billings who died ye 16 1735-6 in 

April y e 22 nd 1753 y« 33 rd year of 

in y e 25 th year her age. 

of her age. 

In Memory of Capt. 

Daniel Fish who de 

parted this Life 

April 1 lt»i A. I). 1788 

in y° 69 th year 

of his age. 

My lover friend familiar all 
Removed from Bight & out of call 
To dark, oblivion is retired 
Dead or at least to me expired. 


To the Memory of 

Mrs. Rebecca Fish 

Consort of Captain Da 

niel Fish of Stoning 

ton who departed this 

life July 12th A. I). 1786 

in ye 61" year of her age 

The virtue of her life 

in every department ren 

dered her truly respectable. 

While you have life 
prepare for Death 

Nor put it off 

till latest breath 
By this you Hud 

I'm at at that bourn 
From whence 

no Traveller doth return. 

The above are all, or nearly all, of the older monuments in the 
Wickutequock burial-ground. There are other yards in the vicinity of 
Stonington, which may make the subject of another paper at some 
future day. 

♦ — » — » 

Preserve the Papers. — Forney's Press has a very readable article 
on English and American newspapers, from which we learn that " three 
copies of each newspaper" (does the Press mean by this three copies of 
every newspaper printed in England ?) " signed by the publisher, must 
be regularly transmitted to the Stamp Office, which pays full price for 
them. After the expiration of a year, one complete file of each journal 
is transferred to the British Museum, where they are bound in volumes 
and reserved for reference. A most excellent plan it is, and Macaulay 
has repeatedly acknowledged his indebtedness, as a historian, to these 
valuable sources of contemporary information." — February, 1858. 


Extracts from Rev. B. Fessendeii's MS. 



[Communicated by John G. Locke.] 

A true copy, from a manuscript of Benj. Fessenden, who graduated at 
Harvard in 1718, and was ordained at Sandwich, Mass., Sept. 12, 1722. 

Names & Numbers of y e Heads of familys in y e Town of Sandwich, 
taken March 1730. 

1 Joseph Lawrance* 

2 Sam" Lawrance* 

3 Sam 1 Swift 

4 Ephraim Swift &; 

Sarah his wife 

5 Moses Swift* 

6 Hannibal] Handy 

7 Isaac Handy 

8 John Handy 

9 Nath" Wing 

10 Cornelius Handy 

11 Zacheus Handy 

12 Widdow Wing 

13 Richard Handy 

14 Ebenezer Wins 

15 Nathan Barlow 

16 Peleg Barlow & 

Elizabeth his Wife 

17 Sam" Swift Jr* 

18 Jonathan Toh 

19 John Perrv Jun 

20 Elijah Perry 

21 Sam" Perry 

22 John Perrv 

23 Elisha Perry 

24 Ezra Perrv* 

25 Benj" Perrv* 

26 Benj" Perry Jr 

27 Abner Perrv* 

28 Sam" Perrv Jun 

29 Widow Perry 

30 Ezra Perry Jun r 

31 Capt Nathan Brown 

& Mary his Wife 

32 Eliezar Bourn 

33 Benj" Gibbs* 

34 Jonathan Bourn 

35 Deac Timothy 

Bourn & Perse- 
verance his Wife 

36 Timothy Perry & 

Desire his Wife 

37 John Ellis & Sarah 

his Wife 

38 Widow Morton 

39 Josiah Ellis & Sa- 

rah his Wife 
•10 Josiah Swift* 
■11 Jireh Swift* 

12 Joseph Swift* 

13 Jabez Su ift \ Abi- 

gail his Wife* 
1 1 \\ idow ( libbs 
15 John Blackwell & 

l.\ dya his Wife 
46 Thomas ( ribbs S< n r 
17 Thom ( ribbs Jun' 
I s * Sam 1 ( ribbs hu\ r 
19 Jacob B urges* 

50 Sam 1 Blackwell* 

51 Medad Tupper* 

52 Micah Blackwell 
.").'{ Joshua Blackwell 
f> 1 Joshua Blackwell 


55 Joshua Blackwell. 


56 Saml Gibbs Senr 

57 Thomas Burgess 

58 Lieut Matthias El- 

lis Sen r 

59 Malachi Ellis 

60 El dad Tup per 

61 Eliakim Tup per* 
6'2 Israel Tup per Dea- 
con & his Wife 

63 Sam 1 Tupper 

64 Seth Stewart 

65 Seth Fish 

66 Mathias Ellis Jr 

67 John Bodfish 

68 Isaac Jennings 

69 Wid Pope 

70 Seth Pope Jun 

71 Gamaliel Stewart 

72 Lieut W. A u * Rus- 


73 John Freeman 

74 Will" Newcomb & 

bathshua his \\ ife 

75 Seth Pope S. rH 

76 Richard Essex 

77 John Foster 
7S John Chipman 

79 Nathan Nye Jun* 

80 Joseph foster* 

81 Cornelius ( Jihhs* 

82 Ezra Bourn Esq 

83 Ebenezer I lowland 
s 1 Joseph Hatch 

85 John Tobey Sen r 
H6 John Tobey Jun r 
87 Eleezir Tobey 

^> Richard ( rower 

89 Nathaniel! Fish 

90 Sam Barber 

91 John Barlow 

93 Sam" Barlow 

94 Nathan Tobey 

95 Will" 1 Tobey 

96 Edw d Dillingham 

Sen r 

97 Cornelius Tobey* 

98 Sam" Tobey 

99 Gershom Tobey* 

100 Seth Tobey 

101 Colonel Meletiah 


102 Silas Bourn 

103 Simeon Dillingham 

104 Joseph Nye Sen r 

105 Ebenezer Perry 

106 Sam 1 Jennings 

107 Sam 11 Smith 

108 John Smith* 

1859.] Extracts from Rev. B. Fcsscnden's MS. 


109 Capt Step SkofF: 

1 10 Richard Landers 

111 Peleg Nye 

112 Ebenezer Nye 

113 John Landers 

114 Benj" Freeman 

115 Wid Freeman 

116 Will™ Freeman 

117 James Atkins 

118 John Atkins 

119 Edmond Freeman* 

120 John Fish Sen' 

121 John Fish Jun r 

122 Timothy Nye 

123 Jonathan Nye 

124 Jonathan Nye 

125 Joseph Nye' 

126 Benj" Nye 

127 Joseph Saunders 

128 Shuball Jones 

129 Nathan Nye 

130 Lemuel Nye 

131 Silvanus Gibbs* 

132 Elkanah Smith 

133 Ralph Jones Jr 

134 Nathan Launders 

135 Solomon Davis 

136 Thomas Hicks 

The Result of a Council of eight Churches called by y e Rever a Past r 
and Church of Obum and dissatisfyed Brethren & Convened at s d Town 
on Dec. 4, 1706. 

After humble application to Almighty God for his Gracious direction 
and Assistance & upon y e hearing & duely considering what has been 
offered on both sides Viz. On y e part of y u Rev d Past 1 " and y e Church and 
y e dissatifyed Brethren on y e other p l . 

The Result is as followeth. 

1 We apprehend that it doth not belong to an Ecclesiastical Counsel to 
determine whether the Oath of Maj r Converse w * was ye Occason of y e 
p'scn (present) Controv : be in itself really true or false. 

2 We apprehend it was a wrong step in Jacob Whey man to form y e 
charge of perjury against Maj r Converse & so to prosecute it as he did 
before the Pastour. 

3 We apprehend it was a wrong step in y e Rever^ Pastour and Church 
to bring this matter into a Course of Ecclesiastical proceeding, especially 
in their proceeding to excommunicate the sd Jacob Wheyman. 

4 We advise Jacob Wheyman to acknowledge to the Church that he 
did wrong in forming and prosecuting afores' 1 charge after y e manner he 
did against Maj r Converse. 

5 Upon his making such an acknowledgem 1 we advise y e Rev d Pastour 
and Church to restore him to their Comunion. 

6 We think that y e great & awful Sentence of Excomunication ought 
not to be passed upon any, without great & weighty reasons, clear evi- 
dence and due deliberation. AVe further add, We reckon it very unad- 
visable and irregular for brethren to withdraw from y e Comunion of y e 
Church upon their private dissatisfaction. Inasmuch as contentions among 
Christians bring a great dishonor to y e name of God and very obstructive 
of almost all manner of good among themselves, We y r fore heartily ad- 
vise, exhort and intreat all our Christian Brethren in Oburn to be of a 
forgiving Spirit to one another and all men not to do anything to exas- 
perate one anothers Spirits but to avoid all discourses y e may tend to 
renew or keep in mind former differences, and we are of opinion that it 
may tend to y e retaining y e presence of God with his church and to keep 
y e unity of y e faith in y e bonds of peace. 

An Account of Getting up my frame. June 23, 1729. 
June 25 Assisting in getting up y c boards & part of y e frame. Matthias 
Ellis — Seth Stuart — Gamal. Stuart, Israel Tupper Jun r , John 
Bodfish — Shuball Smith — John Chipman — Edw Dillingham Jun r , 
Seth Pope Sen r — Joseph, Peleg Fish. 

32 Extracts from Rev. B. Fesseiideii's MS, [Jan. 

26 Matthias Ellis — Israel Tupper Jun r , Shuball Smith, John Chip- 
man, Edvv Dillingham, Peleg fish, John foster, Isaac Jennings 
Jun r . Sam 11 Oliver, Eben Perry 

26 Weeding Corn— Jonat Tobey— Seth Tobey — Abel— Will Num. 
mock — Robin fuller 

26 Stoning y e cellar — Joseph & Amos 

27 Stoning ye cellar — Joseph — Amos francis & Sam 11 Oliver — p d 
francs 6 d — Oliv l 8 — Setting y e Clamp of Brick — Deac Tupper & 
his Sons Israel & Roland & Robin fuller p d ashill — Will Barlow 
— John Game — Barber — Sam 11 Tobey — Moses Dilli — Moses Bod- 
fish — Ephraim Jun r — Tomme & Sami 

28 Deac Tupper finishing y e clamp — Bringing up Timb. Lieut 
Ellis &; Grandf Lowe & Team — Deac Ellis — Brother Joseph — 
Amos francis — Robin fuller — brought it up all. 

July 1 Eph Quoy to pulling stones out of old cellar — Levelli ; y e 

3 Raised my House 

4 finished burning brick 

5 Carted boards — Bro 8 Joseph & Eph, with Malachi's Oxen 

July 7 Deac Tupper & Amos francis underpinning. Bro 8 Joseph & 
Two Ephraims & carting stones with Seth fish 8 & Seth pope* 
Oxen & brothers Horse 

8 Deac Tupper & Amos francis — Isaac Freeman — Bro 8 mowing 

9 Bro 8 mowing 

10 Isaac finished y e cutting of y e grass behind House & Meeti 

11 A very rainy day, y e Carpenters did not work 

12 Y* Carpenters at work — My rye cut — my Bro 8 & Isaac freeman 

14 Y e Carpenters work. Bro" and Eph raked hay 

15 Bro 8 & Shuball Smith poled y e In (must mean Indian corn. 
J. P. F.) Y* Carpenters at work. Deac Tupper at under- 

16 Carp 8 at work — Deac Tupper — Isaac — Charles half a day — p d 
him all to half a crown — p' 1 Amos francis 20 s in full 

17 Ye Carps at work alias play. Eph & Bro 8 howed 20 Rows 

18 Ye Carps at work — Bros w d not Work 

19 Ye Carps at work — Bro 8 & Eph at bowing 

21 Chipman — Joseph — Eph & a Marthas vineyard Indian a How- 

22 Brother a threshing — Eph a Howing 

23 Brother a threshing — Chipman a Howing half a day — Benoni a 
whole day 

24 Sam 11 Tupper half a day — Chipman mowing half a day 

25 Carted 2 loads of stones from Seth Fishs — Gershom Tobey 
loans Oxen 

28 Dan 1 & Sam 11 Wing at work— Saml half a day 

29 Dan 1 & Sami Wing at work — Deac Tupper & son Sam 1 — laid 
ye P. M found of y e chimney — P. M. Shuball Smith, Jos. & Epr 
Raking Meadow 

30 Deac Tupper & son 4 tear of Brick — Old Ephraim 

31 Deac Tupper & son 2 thirds of a day — laid 6 course of brick — 
Old Eph half a day 

Aug. 1 Deac & son, Isaac Jones & Stephen, Joseph spreading & cart- 
ing my Hay 

1859.] Nathaniel Tyler. 33 

2 Carpenters at work ie, D. & Sam 1 Wing y e 3 former Days & 
half of this Day Deac Tupper & son half of this day 

4 Y e Masons at work — a good Days work — Stephen Nummock, 
bro" & Eph 

5 Mat Ellis, John Foster, & Brother mowe at neck 

7 Ye masons at work — Shaw at work 

13 Ye Carpenters work to y e 16 th Day of Aug. on my house at 7 s. 
p r Diem, amounts according to my computation to 25 lb 9 s, in- 
cluding the contingent bargain of 2 lb 

In Sept y c work to y e 12 th Day (since the commencement) 
amounts to £42. 12s. 9d. 
Oct. 4 Y e Carpenters work at 7s p r Day comes to o£56. 19s. Od. 



[Communicated by Ilcv. William Tyler, of Pawtuckct.] 

The estate that I, Nathaniel Tyler, Tooke w th in, aboard y e shipp newe 
England, M r chant, whereof was ma r , vnder God, M r Diccory Corwithen, 
— w ch estate is in money Forescore pounds, to be paid p r M r Nathaniell 
Gardiner and M r John Serines by bill of exchange, that is 10/ a peece, to 
be paid in London or in Shrewsbury. 

And more — ther is 24Z in their hands to be sent by M r James Garrett, 
I runing the aduenturc w ch is to come after me w th in a month. 

And because our liues are fide & mortall & dangers at sea are many, 
my minde & will is, That if I should die before I ariue in Newe England 
that my sonne, Joseph Tyler, liueing in Shrewsbury, shall haue Fifty 
pounds thereof, and my Loueing wife, Jane, shall haue the rest, — but if 
it should please the Lord that wee should both dye before we ariue in 
England, then my minde & will is, that my sonne, Joseph, shall haue all 
my estate, paying out of that Forty shillings to my sister, Jane Sanford, 
the wife of Edward Sanjord: liueing in London. And this I declare & 
publishe to be my last will & Testament, at Boston, in Newe England, 
the 16 th day of October Anno Dni 1652. 

Nathaniell Tyler his 
Witnes here vnto T 

Nathaniell Sowther. marke 

This will of the aboue said Nathaniell Tvler was acknowledged before 
me this 16 th of the 8 tl1 mo. 1652, to be his last will and Testam 1 . 

Will m Hibbins Recorder. 
16: October 1652. 
p r Edward Rawson Record 1- . 

Copied from Suffolk Deeds, Lib. 1, fol. 248. 

Rev. Joseph B. Felt copied the following record for me at Salem :• — 
Essex Registry of Deeds 1 vol. p. 20. 

29 October 1653 

Nathaniel Tyler of Lynn in the county of Essex husbandman and Jane 
his wife hath sold unto Philip Kirtland of Lynn shoemaker all our lands 
and houses with their appurtenances in Lynn in the county of Essex as 
by deed dated first of October 1652. 


36 Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. [Jan. 

4. John, b. April 25, 1729; d. Sept. 11, 1730. 

5. Mary, b. Sept. 15, 1730 ; d. Oct. 2, 1730. 

6. Sarah, b. April 20, 1732. 

7. Thomas, b. Oct. 30, 1733. 

8. Samuel, b. Oct. 7, 1736. 

JOHN BROMFIELD, who is said to have been the youngest son of Ed- 
ward and Abigail Brom field, was born in 1745, and married May 3, 1770, 
Ann, daughter of Robert Roberts of Newburyport, and had issue, John, 
born April 11, 1779, Edward, and Ann. This John was th.- patron of many 
noble charities among us, his will leaving them the sum of $110,000. He 
died December 9, 1849. and the a fleet ion of his surviving Bitter prompted 
the issue of a memoir, from which much of the preceding iketch lias been 
compiled. W. n. w. 

The Hon. EDWARD <:< tDDARD, of Framingham. He was born at 

Watertown, Mass., March 21, 1075, and W8S the sixth child of William 

and Elizabeth (Miles; Goddard. William was the Bon of Edward God- 
dard of f Co, Norfolk, who married a Doyle j : be came here In 

1665. William married Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Miles, whose 

wife had remarried a Mr. foot of London. He Came here previous to 

1666, and died October 6, 1691; Ins ui.low died Februan 8, l<>!'7-8. 
Their children were William, Joseph and Robert, born in London, Ben- 
jamin, Josias and Edward, born here : besides lis others, who d 
young. Edward, the subscriber, married Susanna Stone in June, 1697, 

and had ten children. From the Boston papers of the date of Ins death, 

February 9, 1?;")!, we learn thai bis wife was the sister of \i< \. Mr. Stone 
of Harwich; that he was" a person of very L r ""d natural powers, inquisi- 
tive and curious genius, industrious spirit, and considerable improvements 
in both divine and political knowledgi smed for » < » I > r i « • t \ , integrity, 

judiciousness and piety from bis youth, being "■ ood a eliar- 

acter and a very accurate writer and draughter m almost all sorts of in- 
struments, he was in bis younger time encouraged to keep a school for 
writing and arithmetic in Boston, where be behaved himself to great ac- 
ceptance, contracted an intimate friendship with tin Rev. Mr. Bridge, . . . 

and other serious and solid men, in whose society he contin 

and grew in esteem and affection, and with mutual pleasure, till pur- 
chasing a farm in Framingham, he thought it best, \<>v the sake or his 
children, to live upon and improve it. \\< was manv years in commis- 
sion for the peace, nine years chosen and served a- B ntative for 
the town in the General Court, and also chose and served thn • 
more in his Majesty's Council for the Province .... He was one of the 
greatest and most steady patriots, both of civil and religious liberties, in 
their largest extent, that ever appeared in the General Assembly in his 

He was a friend and correspondent of Prince. 

[Compiled from the Goddard Genealogy, Worcester, 1833, and Bond's 
Watertown. — w. h. w.l 

-+ — » — » 

Embowelling in 1741. — Lord Cathcard died of a flux in the West 
Indies off Dominica ; " his Bowels were interred at St. Kitts, and his 
Body embalmed and preserved in a Leaden Coffin, and General Went- 
worth succeeds him." — Boston Evening Post, 2 March, 1741. 


Early Settlers of Block Island, R. I. 



[By J. D. ('hami', .]r of Stonington, Conn.] 

Bloce Island received its name from that of the Dutch navigator. 
Adrian Blok, who sailed through the Sound and visited it sometime during 
the year 1 f > 11. It was called Manisses, or the island of the Little God, 
by the natives, who wen- subject to the Narragansetts. It became tribu- 
tary to the English about 1637, and in 1658 the general court of Massa- 
chusetts granted all their righl in it to Governor John End icott, Richard 
Bellingham, Gen. Daniel Denison and Major William Hathorne. These, 
in turn, disposed of it, in 1(>()(), to "John alcock fesesion and com- 
pany," for the sum of £400. The first settlements were made about 
l()(J*i. I give below a list of freemen in 1684, copied from the records 
verbatim el literatim, 

"At A Town Wetting held the ninth of July In the year on thousand 
six hundred seventy 8 It was Concluded that the freemen of the Town 
iher names Should be Recorded in the Town Record : 

Mr, Kohart Guttereg: 
Mr. Nathaniel Nils: 
Mr. Petur george: 
Mr. Simon Ray: 
beniamin nils: 
Eadward ball: 
Mr. Nathaniel winslo: 
nathaniel mot: 
tormed rose: 
william tosh: 
Mr. hancock: 
John gunel: 
John nils: 
John daudg: 
will daudg: 
thrusterum daudg: 
John ackers: 
Josiah helling: 
mr. hares: 
James Sands: 
John Mott: 
Samuel gorg: 
thomas rath bone: 
william rathbone: 
Jose Codingtun: 
nat. bregs: 
will. Jud: 
John Rathbone: 
Daniel tosh: 
Mr. James Sands Senr. 

Mr. Simon Ray: 

M . Petter i_ ri »i | 
Mr. .}<>\\n Williams; 
Kohart ( ruttrig: 
Captain John Sands: 
John Rathbon Senior: 
\ Lthanell \\ [< 
John Nyl< s: 
James Sands Jr: 

Thomas .Mitchell: 
John Rathbon Junior: 
Thomas Rathbon: 
rum I )aug Junior: 

Samuel gorg: 
William daug: 
John daug: 
John ( rrenell: 
nathaniel Brig( 
William Tosh: 
Tormot Roosse: 
William haress: 
Trustrum Daug Senior: 
Edward Baall: 
John Akers: 
William Rode: 
Bengiman Nyles: 
William Rathbone: 
Jossiah helling: 
Josey Bellington: 
Alexander Junor:" 

In the above list "Daug" means Dodge, and u hares," Harris. It 
will be observed that some of the names are repeated. 

38 Death of an Aged Man. [Jan. 

The following are the inscriptions from the tombstones of two of the 
first settlers of the island : — 







THE 13 1695 

This Monument 

Is erected to the Memory 

Of SIMON RAY Esquire 

One of the original Proprietors 

( M' this Island 

He was largely concerned 

In BetllDg the Township 

And was one or the chief Magistrate! 

And such was his Benevolence 

That besides the ('arc which he took 

Of their civil Interests 

He frequently instructed them 

In the more important Concerns 

Of our holy Religion 

He was deprived of his eyesighl many Years 

Chearfully submitting to the will of Cod 

His life being in this trying Instance 

As in all Othi 

A Lovely Example of Christian Virtue 

He died on the 17* of March 1737 

In the 102 ,J Year of Ins Age. 

There is quite a number of ancient tombstones on the island, all — with 
the exception of one — in a good state of preservation. It would seem 
that the early inhabitants were more particular to mark the resting places 
of their friends than many of their cotemporaries of the main land. 

Death of an Aged Man. — Abram Fitz-John Channell died at George- 
ville, C. E., on the 9th instant, aged about one hundred and ten years. He 
was born in Shefford, Bedfordshire, Eng., and was apprenticed to Harris 
Varden, tailor, Whitehorse Yard, Drury lane, London. At eighteen years 
of age he was impressed, and made one or more cruises on board an 
English man-of-war. He then engaged in the merchant service, and in 
the course of a few years found himself in Chebaco Parish, Ipswich, Ms., 
where for many years he successfully carried on the business of tailoring 
and hotel keeping. He resided for many years in that part of Ipswich 
now called Essex. From Essex he removed to his late residence in 
Canada. He was a man of great activity, energy and enterprise, and his 
uniform habits of temperance doubtless contributed many a year to his 
long life. He had descendants of the fifth generation whom his own 
eyes have looked upon, and whom his arms have held. — Journal, Janu- 
ary 21, 1858. 

1859.] Genealogy of the McKinstry Family, 39 


[By Hon. William Willis, of Portland, Me.] 
[Concluded from Vol. XII., p. 326.] 

III. PRISCILLA, the eldest daughter of Dr. McKinstry, married John 
Hazen, Sept. 2, 1787. Mr. Hazen was nephew of General Hazen of 
N. H., wlio served in the French war, and also with reputation in the war 
of the revolution ; he died without issue in New York, in 1802. The 
nephew, after his marriage, established himself on a large and valuable 
farm at the junction of the Oromucto River with the St. John, in New 
Brunswick, where he died. They had twelve children, as follows : 

IV. 'Eliza, b. July 14, 1788; in. Samuel Kimball, Esq., of Con- 

cord, N. H. 2 William McKinstry, b. April 26, 1790. 

3 George Leonard, and John, twins, b. July 16, 1792. 

4 Mary Ann, b. June 1, 1796. b James, b. March 9, 1798. 
6 Robert, b. March 28, 1800. 7 Thomas, b. Jan. 4, 1802. 

8 Sarah, b. March 16, 1701. 9 Charlotte, b. April 26, 1806. 
10 Nathaniel Merrill, b. April 24, ls08. 
Mr. Hazen and his wife both died in New Brunswick. 

III. SARAH, the 2d daughter of Dr. McKinstry, 2 married Major Caleb 
Stark, in Haverhill, in 1787. Major Stark was the eldest son of (Jen. John 
Stark, of revolutionary fame, and was born Dec. 3, 1759. He accompa- 
nied his father as a volunteer, and was present at the battle of Bunker 
Hill ; soon after was appointed ensign in Capt. George Reid's company, 
in the 1st N. H. Regiment. He served in New York and Canada ; he 
was an adjutant in the battles of Trenton and Princeton ; was present 
at the battle of Saratoga, and Springfield, N. J. ; served as adjutant 
general of the Northern Department, in 1778 and 1781, and continued 
in service to the close of the war. After the peace he engaged in mer- 
cantile pursuits; was awhile established in Boston with his brother-in-law, 
John McKinstry, and engaged in manufacturing at Pembroke, N. H. 
He was a man of great courage, energy, and perseverance through life. 
He died in Ohio, August 26, 1838, where be had proceeded to establish 
a claim to land granted for military services. The principal residence of 
his family was a fine seat in Dunbarton, N. H., which still belongs to the 
family, and is their summer resort. 

Mrs. Stark died Sept. 11, 1839, aged 72. Their children were : 

IV. l John William, d. Jan. 6, 1836, without issue. 

2 Harriet and Sarah, twins. Sarah d. in infancy. Harriet is living. 

3 Elizabeth, m. Samuel Newell of Boston, and is living. 

4 Charles and Sarah, twins, both dead. Charles unmarried. Sa- 

rah married Joshua Winslow. 

5 Henry, married and living. 7 Charlotte, living unmarried. 

6 Mary Anne, died unmarried. 8 Caleb, living unmarried. 
9 David McKinstry, died unmarried, Oct. 26, 1832. 

Of these, Harriet, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Henry and Caleb are surviving. 
(1858.) Harriet, Charlotte and Caleb, unmarried. Elizabeth married 
Samuel Newell, and has one son surviving. Sarah married Joshua Wins- 
low of Boston, both dead, leaving one son, a lieutenant in the navy. 
Caleb is a graduate of H. C, 1823, and by profession a lawyer, but has 

40 Genealogy of the McKinstry Family. [Jan. 

given his principal attention to literary and historical studies. He has 
published a life of his grandfather, the celebrated General, and memoirs 
of his father and other members of the family. I am indebted to him 
for many interesting facts contained in this notice. 

III. MARY, the third daughter of Dr. McKinstry, 2 married Benjamin 
Willis, January 9, 1791. He was the eldest son of Benjamin Willis, who 
was born in Boston, 1713, only son of Benjamin Willis, of that town, who 
died in 1745. Mr. Willis, born in Charlestown, March, 17(>S, then lived 
in Haverhill, to which place his family had fled from the flames of Charh §■ 
town, when; thev then resided, June 17, 177."). He moved to Portland, 
Me. in 1803, and to Boston in 1815. His wife died in Boston, F< b. 1'-', 
1847, after a union of fifty-six years; he died Oct. 1, 1853, aged 85 yean 
and over 7 months. They had eight children, viz : 

IV. ' Benjamin, born at Haverhill, Nov. 16, 1791. 

2 William, " " " Aug. 31, 1794. 

3 Geob . " " M Jun< 16, 1797, d, Oct. 24, 1844. 

• Thom " " " March 15, 1800, d. July, 1814, unm. 

• Hl.n " " •■ April 13, 1802. 
« Maky. " " Portland, I •■ : . I l. 1805. 

7 Elizabeth, - " " 85, 1807, d. May :*. 1856. 

8 Thomas Li.unakp, b. at Portland, April 1. 1812,1 1. & pt 18, 1845, 
IV. Benjamin, 1 married Elizabeth 3e wall, daughter of Col. Joseph 

May of Boston, Sept. 19, I s l~. She dud in 1822, leaving two 

children, I [amilton and Elizabeth. Tin- latter married Thomas 
( i. Wells, and with her lather and family is now I i \ i i j «x at Wal- 
pole, N. !i. Hamilton married L W oship and lives in 

B -ton. 1I<- was a successful merchant in Portland, until lie 

retired from business OH a COmp ' 

IV. William, 8 graduated a: Harvard College in 1813; was admitted 
to the Suffolk Bar in 1 — IT : m- Portland in 1819, where 

he is still in the pi on. He married, in 

WJ.'J, Julia, a daughter of the Hon. I". • <1 Whitman, late 
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Maine, by whom he has 
had eight children, all of whom died unmarried, except Julia, 
born 1829; married to Dr. Barron C. Watson, in 1852, and 
now resident in Nen fork : and Henry, horn June 5, 1831, 
married to Adeline Fitch, 1855, and is living in Portland, in 
the practice of law. Each ha hild, (1858.) 

IV. George, 3 late a merchant in Portland. Me, : married, 1st, Caroline, 
daughter of Col. Richard Hunnewell, by whom he had i 
child, which died in infancy. 2d, Clarissa May, daughter of 
Caleb Hall, Esq., by whom he had nine children ; three sons, 
George H., Benjamin \\ ., and Caleb Hall, with five daughters, 
survive. He died Oct. 21, 1844. His sons are unmarried ; 
four daughters are married and have issue. 

IV. Henry, 5 a merchant ; resides in Roxbury, Mass., unmarried. He 
represents that city in the Legislature in 1858. 

IV. Mary, 6 married the Hon. James H. Duncan of Haverhill, Mass., 
June 28, 1826. He is a graduate of H. C, 1812. By him she 
has had thirteen children, of whom nine are living, viz., three 
sons — James H., a graduate of Brown Univer. ; Samuel \\\, 
now a member of that institution, and George W. None of 
the children are married but Mary W., who was married to 

1859.] Genealogy of the McKinstry Family. 41 

Mr. Harris of Illinois, in 1S.77. Mr. Duncan was born in 
Haverhill, Dec. 5, 17!)3, son of .lames Duncan, a descendant 
of the Scotch-Irish stock of Londonderry. He has twice rcp- 
resented his District in Congress, been a member of the Council, 
and held other important offices. 

I\. Elizabeth, 7 married the Hon. Henry W. Kinsman of Newbury- 
port, son of Dr. Aaron Kinsman of Portland and Ann Willis, 
Bister of Benjamin, Oct. 1, l s ~ s . He was born in Portland, 
1803 ; graduated al Dartmouth College, and was connected in 
law business with J Daniel Webster, in Boston, prior to his moving 
to Newburyport He has represented his State in the Senate 
ami House ol Representatives of Massachusetts. By his wife 
he had eleven children, all unmarried ; three daughters only 
survive. His wife died May 6, l s .">ti. aged I!). 

IV. Thomas Leonard, 1 a merchant, afterwards fanner in Illinois; 
married Charlotte Elizabeth, daughter of Caleb Hall, Esq., of 
Bucksport, Oct. 11, ls.'J'J. They had six children, three only 
survive, two daughters and one son, Thomas L. One daugh- 
ter, Ellen, in 1857, married Joseph A. Ware of Portland, now 
of Chicago, III. He died Sept. 13, 1845, aged 33. 

III. ELIZABETH, the fourth and youngest daughter of Dr. William 

McKinstry, 3 born < >ct. *J(J, L772, was married to Samuel Sparhawk of 
Portsmouth, in 1803. Mr. Sparhawk was a man of fine family, was con- 
nected with the Hon. Nathaniel Sparhawk of New Hampshire, and him- 
self held many offices in his native State, id' honor and trust. He was 
several years Secretary of State, and a man of unimpeachable integrity 
and honor. They had but three children. 

IV. ' Oliver, married, and died without issue. ' Tuoy 

• Elizabteh, married Edward Winslow, son of Isaac Winslow of 
Boston, and has no children. 
IV. Thomas resides in Amesbury, Mass. ; married a Scotch lady and 
has children. He is a physician, skilful and in good practice. 

II. PAUL, the fifth child and youngest son of the Rev. John 1 of Elling- 
ton, horn Sept. is, 1734, died March 14, 1818. He had three wives. 
By the 1st, Sarah Laird of Stafford, Conn., he had five children born in 
Ellington, viz: Alexander, 1 Salmon,' 2 Alyin, 3 Elizabeth, 4 Alice. 5 
By his second wife he had two children, SARAH, 1 and William, 7 who 
were horn in Bethel, Vermont, to which place their parents had moved. 
By his 3d wife he had no children. His 1st wife d. Aug. 5, 1778, a. 36. 

III. ■ Alexander, his eldest son, was horn Dec. 12, 1764, and died in 

Vermont, Feb. 15, 1817. He had seven children, one son and 
six daughters. His son, Alexander, 4 is living in Syracuse, 
N. V., in 1858 ; he has three sons and one daughter. 

III. 2 Salmon, b. Oct. 2, 1766 ; married and had a family in Stafford, 
Conn., of five sons and seven dausduers. 

III. 3 Alvin, b. July 3, 1769; died Oct. ^3, 1853; left one son, Paul, 
and one daughter, Emily. Paul is living (1857) in Newbury, 
Vt., and has" had eight' children, viz. : three sons and five 
daughters ; six are living. 

III. 4 Elizabeth, b. Nov. 28, 1771 ; married Loomis,and had 

a lame family. 

III. * Alice, 1). Aug. 17, 1774; married Othniel Eddy of Vermont, 
and had nine children. 

42 Genealogy of the McKinstry Family. [Jan. 

III. ' Sarah, b. 1783 ; married Joel Eddy, brother of Othniel, and hud 
nine children, seven sons and two dans. Six living in 1S.">7. 

III. 7 William, b. May 19, 1784. He is living, a respectable and 
wealthy merchant, in Middletown, Conn., 1858. He has recently erected 
a handsome monument to his grandparents, the Rev. John McKinstry 1 
and wife, over their remains, in the ancient burying ground in Ellington, 
with suitable inscriptions. In September, 1821, he married Harriet M.. a 
daughter of Phineas Dean of Chatham, Conn., but has no children. 

Another branch of the McKinstry family came to this country. Tra- 
dition and circumstances furnish strong evidence of a common origin with 
the branch I have been describing, and I conjecture that they descended 

either from a brother or son of 1 Rodger. The first comer of this family was 

I. Capt. JOHN McKINSTRY, who was horn in Armagh, in the 
Province of lister, Ireland, in 1712. Il« married Jane Dickie, widow of 

Belknap, of the County of Antrim. lie came to this country 

about 1740; remained near B ston, awhile, then went to Londonderry, in 

New Hampshire, where his firsl son, JOHN, W9M horn, 1" 15. His other 

children were, Thomas, David. Charles and Sarah. Sarah, h. 1754; 
married Dr. Bird, of Hinsdale, \. ^ .. and had two daughter-, Nauc\ and 

Hannah. She died in 1780, aged 26. Mrs. McKinstry (Belknap) had 

one son by her first husband, who was an officer in the British army, and 

was in the service at Neil \ Ork, at the time of the revolution. A meeting 

was concerted between him and his brother-in-law, John McKinstry, about 
the time the British w icuatinc V. V rk, but it failed by the fl» 

sailing before his brother reached the place <d" appointment They w< 
officers in the opposing forces. Capt. McKinstry was also an officer in 
the English army ; lie died at Hinsdale, in N. \ .. I ' 6, 1776, aged 64. 

II. JOHN, Bon of Capt. John, 1 1>. 1745; married Elizabeth Knox of 
Rum ford, Conn., by whom he had eight sons and three daughters, viz.: 

1 James, b. in Blandford, M iss., Ma) 2, 1761 I. 17< 

'Rachel, b. March 16, 1769; man ed Sturgeon Sloan, an American 

officer, and died without issue, May H>. l s .~».~>. 
'George, b. at Hmsdale, Jan. -jo. 1773; living with a family, in 

Hudson, l^ov 
4 Elizabeth, b. at Hinsdale. Nov. 34, 1774 ; married Walter T. Liv- 
ingston and had issue. 
'JoHN, b. at Hinsdale. Aug. 5, 1777 : married and had issue. 

6 William, b. at Hinsdale, I 1 ' C. 25, 177!* : married and had i« 

7 Henry, b. at Hinsdale. <>,-•. in. 1782; married and living in Hudson. 

8 Sarah, b. at Hu , \|>ril 5, 1785 ; died Oct. 31, L786. 
Ansel, b. at Hudson, Sept. :*0, 17>s7 ; living at Hudson, 1858. 
Nathaniel Green, b. at Hinsdale, April 23, 1791 ; d. Sept. 1, 1791. 
Robert, b. at Livingston, Oct. 9, 1791 : living at Hudson, 1858. 

John, II., saw some service in the French war, though . : and at 

the commencement of the revolution joined the American army ; was at 
the battle of Bunker Hill and the principal northern battles. He \\ 
taken prisoner at " the Cedars,' 1 in Canada, and camo near losing his 
life to gratify savage revenge. He was bound to a stake and the faggots 
piled around him; when, it occurring to him that the Indian chief, Brandt, 
was a mason, he communicated to him the masonic sign, which caused his 
immediate release and subsequent good treatment. He was afterwards 
promoted to a colonelcy in a New York regiment, and served during the 
war. He died at Livingston, June 9, 1822 ; his widow, April 7, 1833. 



1859.] Genealogy of the McKinstry Family, 43 

II. THOMAS, son of Capt John, 1 married, 1st, Elizabeth Green, by 

whom he had Nancy and Thomas. By Ins 2d wife, he had Sarah, 1782, 
died L851 ; Hollisdied in Michigan, unmarried, 1858, and Orenzo. Hollis 
was the lasl surviving member of this family. 

II. DAVID, son of John, 1 m. Martha Cauley, by whom ho had two 
sons, Charles and David; and four daus. Mary, Susan, Clarissa and Sarah. 

II. CHARLES, son of John, 1 horn at Blandford,1755? mar. Tabitha 
Patterson, at Hinsdale, where he was living in 177 1: Bhe died, 1787, 
aged 32. In 1790, he married Nancy Norton of Farmington, who died 
M . 24, 1798, aged 35. He died at Hinsdale, Dec. 31, 1819, aged 64. 
By his 1st wife, he had — 

1 Jam:, married Asahel Porter, 171MJ, and had one son, Thomas, born 

1798. They all di< d in Greenfield, N. V. 
J David Charles, b. Augusl 12, 1778; married and died at Ypsilanti, 

in Michigan, Sept. !>, l*5f>, leaving issue. 
■Sally, b. Aug 13, 1780; died a1 Hinsdale, April 17. 1845; married 

Augustus Tremain, 1798, and had issue, Charles Patterson, d. 1834, 

Augustus Porter, and Jane. 4 Olivb, b. June 9, 1783; d. 1788. 
•Justus, b. Oct. 27, 1785; died at the Astor II . V V. May 21, 

1849. ' Daughter, died at birth, i787. 

By Becond wife, Nancy Norton, he had — 
T Charles Norton, b. Jan. 16, 1792 ; d. at Hinsdale, 1794. 

8 Mklinda, b. June 12, 17!M ; married Henry Loop of Hempstead, 

I>. [., 1829, and ha> one son, Charles Norton Loop, a merchant in 
N< \\ \ ork. She is the only survivor of the children, and is living 
in Hempstead, 1858. • 

9 Nancy, b. July 28, 17!M) ; married Bowen Whiting, Sept. 18, 1819, 

by whom she had one son, John \ cols, b. at Geneva, 182 1 . and is 
a lawyer in New York. She died at Geneva, July 24, 1M7, and 
husband, at the same place, I N c. I N 1!>. 
"Marianne, b. May 16, L798; d. May 24, 1798. 

His 3d wile, whom he married at Greal Barrington, Jan. 18, 1803 
was Bernice Egliston, who died April 2, 1845, aged 7(> — by her, 

11 Edward Whiting, b. June 24, 1804 ; d. April 9, 1805. 

12 Edwin, b. Nov. 10, 1805 ; died at Metamoras, March 9, 1*49. 

I add to what I have said above of the children of Charles, the son of 
John (1), the following particulars. 

III. DAVID CHARLES, his 2d child, married Nancy Whiting Backus, 

1805, who is now living at Ypsilanti ; their children were — 

1 Ja?ies Paterson, b. at Hinsdale, 1S07. commander in U. S. N. ; mar- 

ried Jan. 23, 1868, Mary W. Smart, daughter of the late Gen. J. R. 
Williams of Detroit. 

2 Sarah Ingersoll, b. 1809 ; living in Ypsilanti. 

3 Augustus Tremain, b. 1811 ; living at Ypsilanti. 

4 Justus, b. at Hudson, 1814 ; grad. at West Point, 1838: married Susan 

McKinstry, daughter of George McKinstry (III.), 1838, and has three 
sons living — Charles Frederick, James H., and Carlisle P. He is 
a major in the U. S. Army. 

* Ann, b. at Detroit, 1817 ; married Houston Van Clive, 1849, and has 

one daughter, Margaretta, and is living at Ann Arbor, Mich. 

• Charles, b. at Detroit, 1819 ; graduated at New Brunswick, 1843, 

and was a lawyer in New York ; died June 23, 1855. 
7 Elisha Williams, b. at Detroit, 1824. Judge of Sup. Court, California. 

44 Genealogy of the McKinstry Family. [Jan. 

III. GEORGE, 3d child of Col. John, 2 b. 1772; married Susan Ham- 
ilton. daughter of Patrick Hamilton, M. D., of Canaan, N. Y., and is now 
living in Hudson, N. Y. Their children were — 

1 Eliza, b. in Canaan, Aug. 17, 1802 ; d. Feb. 1, 1801. 

2 Alexander H., b. in Alliens, N. Y., Feb. 17, 1805 ; mar. Angelina 

Pease and had five children, viz. : ' Elisha, b. 1832, d. at St. Fe ; 
2 George B., b. 1834; 3 Oliver W., b. 1831 j 4 Nora and Kathhne, 
died in infancy ; b Charles A., 1844. The mother is living at St. 
Louis with her children. 

3 Jane P., b. in Hudson, Nov. 21, 1808 ; living in Hudson. 

4 George, b. in Hudson, Sept. 1">. 1810 ; living in California. 

6 James, b. in Hudson, Dec. 'J."), I s i".' : d. in infancy. 

1 Susan, b. in Hudson, June I, 1M1 ; married her kinsman, Jam< - P. 
Mcj\in>trv, sun ot* David Charles II. , a major in the I . S. A.. 
tioned in Florida, and had five children, viz. : Angelica and Susan 
H., both d. in infancy j ■ Charles F., b. 1843 \ ' James 1 1., b. L846; 
5 Carlisle, b. 1854. 

'Charles, b. in Hudson, Sept. 17. 1816; d. at Perry, Mo., April 14, 
I s 1 1 . He m. Ellen II. \ i 1 ry,had one dau., Cassandra; b. at Clav* 
erack, \ V.. 1840, d. 1845. His widow m, his brother, Augustus. 

1 John, b. at Hudson, Sept 9, l s l s : d. Jan. 3, 1824. 

•Augustus, l>. at Hudson, Dec, 5, l s *Jl j is living at Hudson, 1858, 
He married his brother Charles's widow, and has two children : 
Jeannie, b. V i 5, 1^:>1. and I A., b. Feb. 20, 1855. 

III. ELIZABETH, dau. !. John,* b. LT74; d. 1841; married 

M a I tor T. Livingston of Livingston, N. '\ ., and had five children, viz. : 
1 William EL, h. Ma] 1. 11 
■Scsam M., b. June 12, 1802; d. Aug. 20, 1805. 
'Jane, b. Sept. I, 1804; married Hon. John Sandei B ectady, 

and had throe childn a, Walter T., Eugene L., and Mary E. 
4 M\>;y T m b. M . 20, 1810 j . Dec. 11, 16 
•Susan, 1>. May l. l°,o': married Peter Van I of Greenport, 

L. I., and had Mary L., Anna, Jeannie, Livingston, and one died. 

The mother, Elizabeth, is living at Greenport, l s "> s . 

III. JoIIN. s ()n of Ca;.t. John, 1 b. 1777? married 1st, Elizabeth 
Smith, and had — ' MART A 

William II., married 1st, Elizabeth Gavett, by whom he had one 

child, who died in infancy. By 2d wife he had four children, — 

Edwin, Char!--. Mary and John, living in Greenport* 

3 Eliza, married G r of Greenport, and had Jacob, living in 

New York ; R tbert, dead ; Helen living at Greenport with parents. 

4 Raciu;l, married Dr. Charles H. Skiff of .V a II iven, and had two 

children, viz. : Elizabeth died an infant, and Charles, living with 
parents in New Haven. 5 Robert. 

By 2d wife, Salome Root, he had — 

7 Sr X n \ k° m ^ v ' n g m Dixon, 111., with whom their mother is living. 

TheVather died Sept. 30, 1846. 

III. WILLIAM, son of Col. John, 8 b. Dec. 25, 1779, d. Dec. 2, 1R29 ; 
married Rebecca Barnard, and had Daniel P. and William C, who died 
at sea. William C. married Amelia Luddington, and had four children. 
Eliza, 3d child of William, married Walter B. Crane, and has two 
children, living with her at Rondout, N. Y. 

1859.] Genealogy of the McKinstry Family. 45 

III. HENRY, Bon of Col. John,* b 1782 ; married Julia Day, widow 
ofCapt Gardiner, by whom he had six children, viz.: 

1 Henry, b. June 29, 1808 ; d. 1809. 

2 Philo, l). March 1 I, 1810 ; d. IMO. 

• Helen, b. April 17, 1811 ; d. 1847, at Greenport. She mar. William 
Griggg of Greenport, and had one son, now living in New York. 

4 Delia, b. Sept. 1, 1813 ; d. 1815 ul Catskill. 

5 Edward II., b. Aug. 21, L815 ; -I. 1836 al Catskill. 

6 Sherwood, b. Aug. 1. 1823; d. 1823 at Catskill. 

He is living at Hudson, having survived all bis children. 

III. ANSEL, son of Col. John, 1 b. 1787; living at Hudson, 1858' 
He married, 1st, Sarah McKinstry, and had — ' Elizabeth, l>. 1 s 1 7 , d. 
young; a "Son, died an infant ; and 3 Delia, b. 1821, d. Is;}:}. By his 
2d wife, Caroline Bemis, he lias no issue 

III. ROBERT, bod of <'"! John, 1 I). 177 1; married Sally Hammond 
and has no issue ; is now living at Hudson. 

I find a third and distinct branch of the McKinstry family, which came 
to this country at a differenl time from either <>f the other two. They, 
as well as the others, went from the vicinity of Edinburgh to Ireland. 
The grandfather and father of \\ [lliam, the first of this branch who came 
to this country, emigrated from Scotland to Carrickfergua in Ireland, prior 
to 1700. 

I. WILLIAM, born in Carrickfergua in 1 7*J*J : immigrated to this 

country in 1740 or '41, and landed in Boston. lie went first to Medfield, 
where he remained about seven years. lie then established himself in 
that part of Sturbridge which is now Southbridge, Mass., in 17 IS, on a 
farm, which has ever since been occupied by his descendants, in a direct 
line, to the present day. In I7.~>1 he married Mary Morse, by whom he 
had thirteen children, viz. : 

II. l JAMES, marri< d and had thirteen children, as hereinafter stated. 

2 Sarah, married and died in New York in 1814. 

3 William, married Esther Robbins, and had a family, as hereafter 


4 Molly, married Ephraim Bacon, and died without issue, 1828. 

* Amos, was a soldier in the army of the revolution. Me moved to 

Vermont, where he died in 1844, leaving a family. His sons 
arc all dead. 

• John, also a soldier in the army; married and moved to the neigh- 

borhood of Seneca Falls, in New York, where he died, leaving 
a family. Two of his sons only living. One, Horace H., in 
Stillwater, Minnesota, the other in Michigan. 

7 Experience, married and moved to Vermont, where she died, 

leaving issue. 

8 Elizabeth, married William Saunders, and died in Charlton, 1852. 

9 Joseph, died in Sturbridge, 1S09, unmarried. 

10 Margaret, died in Connecticut, 1822. 

11 Alexander, died in infancy. 

13 Jane, died in Sturbridge, 1793, unmarried. 

13 Nathan, a distinguished physician and surgeon, died in Newbury, 
Vt., unmarried, in 1815. 

46 Genealogy of the McKinstry Family. [Jan. 

II. JAMES, the eldest son of William (I.), married Lois Dix in 1773, 
and died in Southbridge. By her he had thirteen children, viz. : 

III. 1 James. * Nancy. 

2 Alexander. 9 David, died in 1857. 

3 Anna. 10 Daniel. 

4 Lois. " Martha. 

6 Mary. 12 Moses, died young. 

6 William. 13 Moses. 

7 Benjamin, died in 1857. 

Descendants of the foregoing children of James (II.) are numerous and 
much scattered over the countrv. I regret that I have not the means of 
giving a more extended account of them. 

II. WILLIAM, 3d son of William (I.) married Esther Robbins in 
1785, and had children as follows, viz. : 

III - 1 John, born in 1786. 4 William. 

2 Elizabeth. 6 Silas, died in 1856. 

3 Mary. 

III. JOHN, son of William (II.) is now living at Southbridge, and is 
the father of John ()., Esq. a member of the House of Representatives of 
Massachusetts, in L858, from Southbridge. He was horn in 17S6 ; mar- 
ried Kezia Batcheller of Charlton, horn 17S7, and lives on the homestead, 
which has been in the family 110 years. His seven children were — 

IV. x Mary, died in infancy. 

2 Pkevosters, married twice. By his first wife he had 

V. ■ John 1 1., who lives in Brighton, Iowa. 

2 Elliot F., who lives with his father in Southbridge. 
By his *2d wife he has one son and three daughters, all minors. 

3 William F., son of John (III.) is married and has three daugh- 

ters ; Mary, Elizabeth, and Alice. 

4 Manillee, married Verney Fiske, and has had nine children ; 

one daughter and two sons dead : five sons and one daughter 
living. The eldest son, John D. Fiske, was married in 1857, 
and lives in Chelsea, Mass. 

5 Eliza, married Adam Miller, who died in 1849, leaving two 

children, Frank and Anna. She remains a widow. 
• A daughter, married Adolphus Merriam, by whom she has had 

one daughter, Lucy, and two sons, Joseph and an infant, 
7 John O., married Elizabeth R. Spaulding, born in Thompson, Ct., 

and has had five children ; Charles O. and George F., deceased ; 

John Willard, Eliza and Ira Jacobs — the eldest nine years old. 

III. WILLIAM, 4th child of William 2d, married Matilda Marcy, by 
whom he has had — 

IV. ■ Esther, married to Aretas Hooker ; she died several years since, 

leaving one son and one daughter. 

2 Elijah, unmarried. 

3 Nathan, married Hannah Taylor, by whom he had five chil- 

dren, of whom four are living, viz. : Mary, Lemuel, George B., 
and Jude. 

4 William, married Mary Ann Kitchen, by whom he has two 

children, Cassius and Charlotte. 

1859.] John Green. 47 

* John A., unmarried. 

• Mary, married George Brackett ; live in Sturbridge ; no children. 
He is still living. 

III. SILAS, 5th child of William McKinstry (II.), married Lucy Twiss, 
by whom he has had two children, who have died, and the following, 
who survive. Albert, James T., Charles and Asa, living in South- 
bridge, and Henry in Kanzas, all unmarried. Silas died in 1856. 

III. ELIZABETH, 2d child and eldest daughter of William (II.) mar- 
ried Asa Dresser, by whom she had seven children ; only one, Sylvester, 
is living. Silas, another son, married and left seven children, all living 
except one. Their only daughter married and left one son, Julius 
Knowlton. Elizabeth is living. 

III. MARY, 2d daughter and 3d child of William (II.), married Luther 
Clemence, by whom she had six children, all living, viz. : l Harry, mar- 
ried and has two children. 2 Fidelia, unmarried. 3 John McK., married 
and has one son living, one dead. 4 Mercy, married Washington White 
of Charlton, and has one child living and unmarried. Mary is still living. 

My account of this family is very imperfect. I did not know of its 
existence until last winter, and did not receive the minutes I now publish 
until the preceding part of my manuscript had gone to press. The nu- 
merous members of this branch, from what I believe to be a common 
stock, springing from the midlands of Scotland, and now contributing by 
their industry, intelligence and skill, to build up the towns and waste 
places of our western world, had their primal scat in this country, at 
Southbridgc, where many of the elder race remain to preserve and per- 
petuate the sound principles they inherited from their virtuous ancestors. 
I hope this imperfect notice will incite them or some of them to collect 
and transmit full details of all branches of this respected and honorable 

■+ -•— ♦- ♦- 


[John Green was the son of Percival and Ellen Green of Cambridge, and was born 
June, 1636, and died March 3, 1691. He married, Oct. 20, 1656, Ruth, daughter of 
Edward Miehelson, Esq., and had a large family of children, among whom was the 
Rev. Joseph Green of Salem village, now Danvers. S. A. G.] 

The Gov r & Councill have made choice of John Green to be y e Mar- 
shall Generall for this Colony, till other orders be taken ; desiring ye 
consent of y e Representatives hereto. 

7: 4 th : 89 P r order, Tho: Danforth 

Not consented to, attest p r Ebenezer Prout, CI. 

State Archives, vol. 107, p. 85. 

Boston, 15 August, 1689. 
Mr. John Green is appointed Marshall Generall of this Colony for 
present, & until a further settlement. 

Voted in the affirmative by the Govern' and magistrates. 

Is a Addington, Sec 17 
Consented to, by Representatives. 

Dated as aboves d Ebenezer Prout, Clerk. 

State Archives, vol. 107, p. 265. 

48 Hartford Records. [Jan. 


[Transcribed by Lucius M. Boltwood of Amherst, Cor. Mem. of II. and G. Soc.] 
[Continued from Vol. XII., page 336 of Register.] 

William Long Son of Thomas Long was born February l' 1 ' 1669. 
Mary Marshall daughter of Tho Marshall was born May 10, 1670. 
John his son was born 24 th of feb r 1671. 
William bis son was born 21" of April 1 167 I. 
Thomas his son was born the 3 d Octob r 1676. 
Elizabeth his daughter was horn 23 d Octob* 1678. 
Sarah his daughter was horn 27 th of March 1681. 
Benjamin his son was born 22** of feb. L684. 

John Merrills the sod of John Merfils] Jun f & hi* wife Sarrah was born 
the 29" 1 of Septemb' 1695. 

Sarrah Merrilla was Born Jan" \'V h 1696. 
Ebenez r was Born the 18**" of Decern 1698. 

Nathan 1 ' was horn July 15"' L702. 

Anno was bom Novemb r 16"' 1701. 
Caleb was born July 11 1707. 
Lydia was born Novemb* 24 L709. 

Paoi 16. 
Joseph Mvgatt son of Joseph Mygati vV Sarrah hit Wife WBI horn 27 Ul 
Oct. 1678. ' 

Susanna was horn 1 day of 0Ctob r 1680. 

Mary was born 4* Decern b* 1682. 

Jacob was born 9* Decerno* 1684 & Dyed 29* Jan" 1684. 

Jacob was born 9 th Novemb 1 1686 Dyed in Not, L687. 

Thomas was born 11* Sep 1 L688. 

Sarrah was Bom 9 March 1691. 

Zebulon was Born Novf?] 1, 1696. 

Dorithv was born 26 Jair 1696, 

Tim° Porter Son of Tim° Porter and Mary his wife born 58* \*m. 

Moses Porter was born flfeb* 9* 1718-9. 

Hannah Porter was born Jan 17 28 lh 1720. 

Nath 1 Slandly Son of Natb Standly and Anna Standi v was born August 
11 th 1707. 

Sarah Standly was born Jan 13 or 23 1708-9. 

Marv Seamor daughter of Thomas Seamor and Ruth his wife was born 
Nov. 30 th 1703. 

Thomas was born July 29 ,h 1705. 

Ruth was born Novemb r 10 th 1707. 

Joseph Stanly son of Nath" Stanly and Anna his wife Jan r 4 th 1710-11. 

John Skinner son of John Skinner & Mary bis wife was born March 
29 th 1726. 

Mary Skinner was born March 22, 1727-8. 

Ann Olmstead daugh r of Thomas Olmstead Jun<- and Ann his wife was 
born Novembr 5 th 1717. 

Susanna Olmstead was born Octo. 19 lh 1719. 

Hez. Porter Son Hez Porter 2 d and Sarah his wife was born Sept. 11 th 

Abram Porter was born Decemb r l" 1 1722. 

1859.] Hartford Records. 49 

Daniel Webster son of Dan" Webster and Mirriam his wife was born 
Feb" 16* 1720. 

Noah Webster was horn March 25 th 1722. 

Zephania Webster was born June 1, 1724. 

Abrara Webster was born Jan" 17'" 1726-7. 

Mirriam Webster was born Octob* 1 1729. 

Daniel Webster, the 2' 1 was horn Septemb r 4 th 17.'U. 

Elihu Webster was Horn November 19* 17:w. 

Mary Wheeler daughter of John Wheeler and Sarah his Wife was horn 
March 10* 1719. 

Joseph Wheeler was born May 19 ,h 1723. 

Sarah Wheeler was horn Aprill 16 th 172."). 

Page 17. 

Abigail Taut rev, the daughter of M r John Pantry of Hartford was born 
January ihe 11* 1678. 

Sarah Porter daughter of Hez, Porter Jun" and Sarah his wife was 
hom March 7 l " 172 1. 

Jonath. was born Decemb 1 10, 1727. 

Benj B Porter horn Decemb 1 11* 1730. 

Ilanah Pratt daughter of John Pratt was horn 25 of November 1648. 

John Prat son of John Piatt of Hartford was horn the 17 of May 1661. 

Elizabeth Prat daughter of John Prat was born the r 17?j of October 

Sarah Prat daughter <»f John Prat was horn the 20* June 1668. 
Joseph Prat, son of John Prat was horn 6* March 1671. 

Hnth Pratt daughter of John Prat was born 21 of December 1677. 
Susanah Prat the daughter of John Prat was horn the 2' 1 of October 

Jonathan Pratt son of John Pratt was born October 6, 1683. 
Eli/ 1 Pitkin Daughter of M r W" Pitkin was horn Aug 1 30, 1687. Died 
Desemb' 17 1688. 

Eli/. 1 was horn Aug* 18* 1689. 

Martha was Porn Feb. 28 16!) 1. 

W" was born Aprill 30 1694. 

Joseph was horn May 26 1696. 

Sarrah was horn March 26, 1698-9. Died Dec. 18, 1701. 

Thomas was Born June 18 th 1700. 

Sarrah was horn Nov. 28 1702. 

Sam" Peck Son of Sam" & Abigail Peck was born Jan' 6 th 1701. 

Moses was born April 1703. 

Isaac was born Novemh r 28 1706. 

Ann Porter Daughter of John Porter and Hannah his wife was born 
Decemb"- 9 lh 1716. 

Abigail Porter born March 15 1718-19. 

John Porter born Jan r 22* 1720-1. 

Jerusha Porter born Nov. 4 th 1723. 

Cornelius Merry son of Cornelius Merry and Bethia his wife was born 
November 15, 1702. 

Samuel was born Septemb r 16 th 1704. 

Sarah was born March 27 lh 1706. 

John was born Aprill 20 lh 1708. 

Rachele was born Feb ry 11* 1709. 

Bethiah was born Aprill 20, 1712. 


50 Hartford Records. [Jan. 

Lydia was born June 6, 1714. 

Mary was born January the 5 th 1715. 

Eben z was born January 15 th 1717. 

Elisha Wordsworth Son of Ichabod and Sarah Wordsworth was born 
Sept21 8t 1721. 

Elizabeth Pratt daughter of Peter Pratt & Mehetabell his wife was born 
July 24<h 1711. 

Mehetabell Pratt was born Octo: 12 th 1712. 

Sarah Pratt was born Sept l 81 171 1 and Dyed May 1717. 

Peter Pratt was born July 19, 1716. 

Mary Pratt was born Jan" 6, 1717-1S and Dyed A prill 27 th 1718. 

They had also a daughter born at Hartford Jan r - 1719 and dyed 

Phineas Pratt was born Octn: 20 1720. 

Daniel Pratt was born Juno 2 L722. and dyed August 89* 1722. 

Page is. 

Temperance Pratt was born at Hartford Decern V 20 L723. 

Thomas Richards sunn of James Richards Esq. of Hartford on con- 
ecticutt was Born in Hartford a/bared Septemb* the 16 1670 fryday about 
12 at Night. 

Lydia Richards Daughter of Sam" Richards was horn March 11, 1G96. 

Hannah y« Daughter was horn June 17, 1*00-. 

Josiah was born Feb' v 15, 1702-. 

James was born Feb* 5 ' 2, 170.")- 6. 

Dan" was born Decemb r 25, 1708. 

Esther was born Jim* 1 18, 17 KJ. 

Jon a Seam r son of John Seam 1 was horn Jan" 7 10, 1678 

Nath" Seamor was horn Nov. 6, 1680. 

Zachary was born Jan 17 10, 1684. 

Nathaniell Standly sou of Nath' Standly &J Sarrah his wife was born 
June 5 lh 1664. Died Aprill 12"' 1665 

Sarrah Standly was born Aug 24* 1669. 

Joseph Standly was Born Feb" 20, 1(571. Died March 18 1675-6. 

Hanah Standly was Born Sep 1 30, 1671. Hannah died October 31, 

Mary was born October 8, 1677. 

Susanna was Born Aprill 13, 1681 Died Sept 18, 1683. 

Nath" Standly was Bom July 9 th 168a 

Sarah Standly Died Nov. 28, 1689. 

Thomas Sad son of John Sadd & his wife Hepzibah was born March 
10 th 1691. 

Benj a Spencer son of John Spencer and his wife Sarah was born Sept 
13 th 1704. 

John Stedman son of John Stedman was born y e 5 ,h of Aprill 1651. 

Mary Stedman daughter of John Stedman was Born y e 24 lh of Sept. 

Thomas Stedman, son of John Stedman was born y e 9 th of October 

Robart Stedman son of John Stedman was born ye first of Febuary 

Samuel Stedman son of John Stedman was born y* 27 th of Febuary 

Elizabeth Stedman Daughter of Sarg* John Stedman was Born the 9 th 
of Nouember 1665. 

1859.] Hartford Records. 51 

John Seamo* son of John Seamo* was bom June 12, 1666. 
Thomas Seamor son of John Seamor was horn March 12, 1668-9. 
Mary Seamor daughter of John Seamo* was horn Nouember 1670. 
Margaret Seamo 1 daughter of John Seamo 1 was horn January 17,1674. 
Richard Seamo 1 sou of John Seamo 1 was horn February 11, 1676. 
Marv Skiner daughter of John Skinner was Borne December 1, 1661. & 
John Skiner his son was born March 1, 1666-7. 
Joseph Skiner his son was horn Agust 26, 166 ( J. 
Nath Skiner his son was horn f> A prill 1672. 
Rich' 1 Skiner his son was horn 16 January 167 1. 
Sarah Skiner his daughter was born 1 Nov 1 1677. 

Thomas Skiner his son Was Bom 1 5 \ov r 1680. 

Ilanna Stand ly the daughter of Caleb Standly was horn October 13, 
Elizabeth his daughter was horn Octo* 21, 1669. 
Caleb Standly his son was born the 6 th of Scpt r 1671. 
Ann Stanly was horn the 1 P of Jan. 1692 & 
Marv the daughter of Captain Stanly was home 11 June 1692. 
Abigail Standi, y was Born feb 3 24, 1694. 
Ruth Standley was Born July 1, 1696. 

Page 19. 

Sarah Sand ford daughter of Serg*. / charyah Sand ford was born No- 
vember 15, 1681. 

Zachary Sandford Ids son was horn April! *J6, 1686. 
Ann Sandford was horn Aug' 'J7, 1689. 

Rebecca Sandford was horn Aug 1 *J7, 1689. 

Abigail Sandford was horn Oct." 11 th 1692. 

Joseph Smith son of Jos. Smith & Lydia his wife was P>orn March 
16. r >7. 

Sam" was Born May 1658. Dved Octob' 1660. 

Ephraim was born 8* Sept. 16.~>!). 

Lydiah was Born Aprill 1661 Dyed Oct. '64. 

Simon was born Aug 1 2, 1662. 

Nath" was Born Octob' 1664. 

Lidiah was Born Feb 1 * 14, 1665. 

Susanah was Bom June 1667. 

Mary was Born Nov. 166S. 

Martha was Born March 1670. 

Benj' was Born July 21, 1671. 

Eliz* was Born Nov. 1672. 

Sarrah was Born Aprill 1674. 

Edward was Born 19 June 1677. 

Mercy was Born Nov. 16, 1679. 

Jonathan Webster son of Jon a Webster was Born March 18 th 1681-2. 

Susanna Webster daughter of Jonathan Webster was Born April 25, 

Mary Webster was born Sept 29, 1688. 

Mehetable Webster was Born March 8 th 1690-1. 

Stephen Webster was born Jan 17 1, 1692. 

Benf Webster was born Aug 1 9 th 1698. 

Joseph Smith Son of Rich d & Elizabeth Smith was born Novemb r 14 th 

Sarah Smith daughter of Arthur Smith and Sarah his wife was born 
April 14th 1684. 

52 Hartford Records. [Jan. 

Hannah Smith was born 4 th Octob r 1688. 

Phebe Smith daughter of sd Arthur and Phebe his wif< was born Sept 
4 th 1701. 

Zephaniah Smith son of Jobannah Smith and Sarah bis wife was born 
Feb. 1 st 1715-16. 

Samuel Willard son of Mr. Josiah Willard was Born y 19 th Sept. 1658, 

Josiah Willard son of Mr. Joei Willard was Borne y* 13 th of March 


Anna Whiting daughter of Joseph Whitting was borne August 28, 1677 ; 
& dyed 18 April 84. 

John Whitting eon of Joseph Whitting was Born 13 Novemb* 1679, 

Susanah Whiting was born March 1 1 '8 5 Di< d Sepi 6, 1702. 

Will Whiting was born March II '8 :. - Died Sep 1 6, 1702. 

Anna \ r second was born Aug 1 I s '87. 

Margaret was horn January .">. L690 

John the 2" 1 was born the IS December *93. 

John Belden Married Sarah Kellogg l~:J s . 

Sarah Born April -J' 1739. 

John Kellogg Be den Born M 13 1 1 or 9] 1" 10. 

Mary Whiting daughter of \\ Whil born A prill 1 ,: 1688. 

Charles Whiting was horn July .">. 16! -' 

\\ Whiting was born Feb 1 ' 15, 16 1 1 

Ebenezer Waj son of Bliezer w r. & Ins wife Mary was bora Nov. 4 
or 11, 1673. 

Hezekiah Wyllys the son of Samuel Wyllys Esq 1 and Ruth his wifl 
the daught 1 of John llaym - Esq* was bora April! 3 d Anno Dom. K 

Mary Wells Daughter of Mr Ichabod Wells was bora Ap. 15, 1686 

Jonathan Wells was burn Sept. 17 lorn. 

Eben' Wells was bora < let 5, 1694. 

S pah Wells wax hem Dec. i, 1701. She died Feb. 12, 171 
Hannah Wells Daughter of Sam Wells was bora N . .. 1689, 
Samuel Wells his Son was borne 1 1 26, 1693. 
Ruth Wells was Born Jan" 29, 169 

Sarah was born Dec. 16, 1700. 
Rebecca was Born i)e ( 3, 170 5?] 

Page 20, 

Marv Webster daughter of Stephen Webster and Mary his wife, was 
born Decern!/ <10 tl > 1720. 

Joseph Whaples son of Thomas Whaples and Elizabeth Ins wife was 
born Jan" 14* 1727-8. 

John Ensign and Jacob Ensign Sons of John & Elizabeth were born 
Feb' 7 2 [torn] 1723-4. 

Lois and Lvdia Ensign was born August i) ,h 1727. 

Joseph Church son of James Church and Abigail Church his Wife was 
born April 21, 1724. 

Abigail Church was born Feb" 1, 1727-8. Married Hon. W Pitkin. 

Jcrusha Church was born Jan" 10 th 1729-30. 

Jonathan Ensign ss>n of Jonathan Ensign and Phebe his wife was born 
December 2 d 1722. 

James Ensign was born September 27 th 1724. 

Jemima Richards was born Sep 1 13 th 1734. 

Elizabeth the daughter of Josiah Richards and Marv his wife was born 
July 7 th 1727. 

1859.] Hartford Records. 53 

Hezekiah was born March 15, 1731-2. 

Sarah Reeve daughter of Robert Ret ve and Sarah his wife was bom 
D -'•Mil,' 1 1"' 1720, 

Ann Reeve was born March 28, 1724—5. 

Abram Sedgwick Bon of Eben and Prudence Sedgwick was born 
A,, rill 21 1721. 

Abigail Sedgwick was born Decemb' 2 1722. 

Prudence Sedgwick was born Sep' I l 1724. 

Mary Sedgwick was born Aprill 29 1726. 

Thankfull Sedgwick was born Aprill 7. 1728. 

Eliz - Sedgwick was born June 17, 1731. 

E be n r Sedgwick was born March 1. 1734—5. 

James Porter son of Jamt - & Mabell his wife was born July 1*1721. 

Sarah Pratt daughter of Elisha Pratt and Sarah his wife was born 
Aprill JO 1 1729. 

Mary Pratt was bora March l I 1730-31. 

Sam 1 Sedgwick Bon of Joseph Sedgwick was born 11"' of Aprill 1725. 

Elizabeth White daughter of Nath u White and Sarah Ins Wife was 
born Aug 28 1726. 

Martha White was bum Aprill 24, 1729. 

Sarah While \\a> h«»rn Jul) 1. 1731. 

Ann White was bum I lecember 30 1733. 
Abigail White was burn Januar) 29 1735-6. 

Page 21. 164 1 

The Record of the marriages m Harttford. 

William Wadsworth was maried to Elizabeth Stone on the second of 
Julv <»ne thousand six hundreth forty v\ fo 

Francis Barnard was maryed to hanna Meruell on August the fift< neth 
one thousand six hundreth forty & fou 

Thomas Grid la was maryed unto Mary Simmor upon Septm the twenty 
Nine one thousand six hundreth fort} & fower. 

Thomas fordo was maryed to Ann Scott on th nth of Nun. one 

thousand Six hundreth forty & four. 

Robert Porter was maryed onto Marj Scott upon the Beaue[ ] of Xou 

one thousand six hundreth forty & lower. 

Benamin Harbor was maryed to Christian Nethercooll in August 
abought the twenty \ two one thousand six hundreth forty & fower. 

William Smeth was marryed to [Eliz? ] in August one thousand 

six hundreth forty dz lower. 

William Patredg was marryed to Mary Smith the [24th ?] of Desember 
one" thousand six hundreth forty & fower. 

Thomas Portter was maryed to Sarai hartt on the twenty of Nouember 
out 1 thousand six hundreth forty & fower. 

Thomas Wattess was married to Elizabeth Steel the first of May one 
thousand six hundreth forty & five. 

Thomas Demen was maryed to Mary Shaffon July the twenty & fower 
oik 1 thousand six hundreth forty & five. 

Thomas Spencer was marryed to Sary Bardding Septm the eluenth one 
Thousand six hundreth forty vx: live. 

John Standla was maryed unto Sary Scott the iifteth of desember one 
Thousand six hundreth forty & fiue. 

54 Aurora Borealis in 1649. [Jan. 

Page 22. 

Isack More was maryed unto Ruth Standla the fifth of desem r one 
Thousand six hundreth forty & five. 

Capt. Harding was maryed vnto Mrs. Easter Willyes October the 
senntenth one thousand six hundreth forty and five. 

Mr. John Pencking [Pyncheon] was maryed unto Mrs. Anne Willyes 
Nouemb 1- the sixth one thousand six hundreth forty & flue. 

Nathaniel Resco was maryed to Johanna Corlet on Nou the elennth 
one Thousand six hundreth forty & fiue. 

Thomas Whittmore was maryed to Sara halles the eleuenth of Desem 
one Thousand six hundreth forty & fiue. 

John Steel was maryed to Maryy Warner on the twenty & two of 
Jeneu r one Thousand six hundreth forty & five. 

Jonathan Gillbertt was maryed unto Mary Whight on Jennary the 
Twenty Ninth one Thousand six hundreth forty & fine. 

Thomas Tomsunn was maryed unto Anne Welles Aprill the fortcenth 
one Thousand six hundreth forty & six. 

Thomas Willcock was maryed vnto Sara Wadsworth the seuentene of 
Septem one Thousand six hundred forty and six. 

Nickolas Pammor was maryed unto Jane Purkes Octobr. the twenty 
Nyne one Thousand six hundreth forty & six. 

[ ] was maryed to llanny Stebbing October the twenty 

Nvne one thousand six hundreth forty and six. 

Joseph Parsons was maryed to Mary I lies [Bliss] the six «5c twenty of 
Nouein 1 " one thousand BUS hundreth forty vx: six. 

Henry Coll was maryed to Sary Rusco the tenth of Desem one thou- 
sand six hundreth forty & six. 

[To he Continued.] 


M Being late out on Saturday night to see my horse eat his Oates, it being 
past 12 a clock at night, we saw in the North East, In the Ayr'-, 2 black 
Clowdes firing one against the other, as if they had been 2 Annies in 
the Clowdes: The fire was disserned some times more, and some times 
lesse by us. It was not a continuing fire, but exactly as if Musketiers 
were discharging one against another. Some times there could be no 
fire seene, and then about half an houre after, we could discerne the 
North Clowde retreat: And so it did till the day began to appear, and 
all the while the last Clowde following it, both firing each at other: It 
was the strangest sight that ever I saw, nor can 1 relate the exactnesse 
of it, it was in such a wonderfull manner that I cannot express it : many 
of the City saw it, and some of the Countrcy." — From a letter dated 
"Chester 19 June 1649," in Perfect Occur., p. 1084, under date Friday, 
June 22, 1649. 

1859.] Danvers Church Records. 55 


[Concluded from Vol. XII., p. 248. J 

1746, Sept. 5. " At a Olili meeting appointed on y e Lecture y e Day 
before, on y e occasion of several persons in this Parish being reported to 
have; resorted to a woman of a very ill reputation pretending to y e art of 
Divination & fortunetelling &c to make enquiry into y l matter, & to take 
such resolutions as may be thot proper on y l occasion. The Brethren of 
y e Chh then present came into y e following Votes. Viz. 

1 That for Christians, especially Chh members, to seek to & consult 
reputed Witches or fortune tellers this Chh is clearly of opinion & firmly 
beleives, on y e testimony of y c Word of God, is highly impious & scan- 
dalous, being a violation of y c Christian Cov 1 sealed in Baptism, rendring 
y c persons guilty of it subject to y e just censure of y e Chh. 

No proof appearing against any of y e members of y 8 Chh (some of 
whom had been strongly suspected of this crime) so as to convict them of 
their being guilty, it was further Voted 

2 That y e Pastor in y e name of y e Chh should publickly testify their 
disapprobation & abhorrence of this infamous & ungodly practice of con- 
sulting Witches or Fortunetellers or any y l are reputed such ; exhorting 
all under their watch who may have been guilty of it to an hearty re- 
pentance & returning to God, earnestly seeking forgiveness in y e blood of 
Christ, and warning all against y like practice for y e time to come.'" 

Sept. 7. " This Testimony, Exhortation, & Warning, Voted by y e 
Chh, was publickly given by y e Pastor, before y e Dismission of y e Con- 
gregation. " 

Sept. 14. " A Letter was read from a number of y e Brethren of y e 
First Church in Woburn, requesting v presence & assistance of y e Elder 
& Messengers of this Church to joyn in an Ecclesiastical Council. Cap 1 
Tho 8 Flint & Deac" Cornelius Tarbell were chosen as Delegates. 

1717, May 19. "At a Chh meeting to consider y e petition of Cap 1 
John Gardner & Eliz a his wife to be dismissed to y e Chh in Salem under 
M r Leavits Ministry, and to come to some conclusion upon it 

Proposed to be Voted 

Considering that Church in Salem where M r Leavit officiates lies 
under scandalous imputations & at least a suspicious character for having 
broken in upon y e Rules of y e Gospel & y e Order of these Churches in 
their late proceedings in y e settlcm 1 of that Society, Whether this Church 

■ 1 • 1 U ' 

apprehend [it] consistent with their care of their members, and with their 
faithfulness to y e Order of y e Gospel in these Churches, to dismiss any of 
their members to y e Communion of that Society, till they have clear'd up 
a good understanding with their sister Churches? 

Voted in y e negative, nemine conlradicente." 

1749-50, March 11. " A Contribution made for David Woodwell of 
Hopkinton, towards paym* of the Ransom of his Daughter out of Captivity. 
— Gather'd about 13 lb. 8s." 

March 18. " A Letter read from ye Chh of Christ in Lynn End, re- 
questing ye presence & assistance of y r Elder with a Delegate in Council, 
on ye affair of y e Dismission of y r Pastor y e Rev d M r Chase from his 
Pastoral Office ; Cap* Tho s Flint was chosen as y e Churches Delegate." 

1753, " May 13. N. S. Letters missive read from the Chh of Christ 
in Wells desiring y e presence & assistance of y r Elder & Delegate, with 
those of other Chhs, in y e Ordina 11 of M r Sam u Fayrweather on y e 23 d 

56 Danvers Church Records. [Jan. 

May 20. " Capt. Tho* Flint was nominated & chosen for y e Chh's 

u Persons Departed by Death in S. Village.'" 
Nov. 30. " Nathanael Sheldon son to W m Sheldon : well on Monday 

sick tewsday distracted on thursday & so continued till 

Fryday it dyed" lOy. 

Dec. 20. " Sam: Wilkins a very naughty man 6c dyed very hopefully" 52 
Jan. 1. " Sam: Fuller at meeting y e Sab: well before day tewsday 

was speechless & dyed this day \ an hour before 1 came" 27 
Mar. 11. " Tabitha (daughter to James) Smith well & dead in 1 days" 3 

Apr. 11. " Job Switherton" 88 

Apr. 17. " John Byshop kill'd with the Indians" 18 

Sept. "Nicholas Reed Edw: Putnams man killd \\ {h v e Indians 11 18 

July " Godfrey (killed) Sheldon kill'd by the Indians 11 24 

"Tho: Also! kill'd at Casko" 

" Edw 1 Crocker kill'd at Casko" 
" " George Bogwell kill'd at Casko' 1 

Sept. 19. " Jacob Phillips of the Small Pox 11 

Dec. 2. " W" Sheldon cut his knee then hurt by a fall above 2 
1TQ9 weeks 11 80 

May 16. " Dan: Wilkins Bewitched to death" 17 

" 29. " daughter to Ann Douglas by Witchcraft I doubt not 11 


May 30. "John Andrews of a Consumption at Cambridge 11 
June " William Tarbell souldier at the Eastward 11 21 

Oct. 11. " Eliz: wife to Timothy Allen of (Iroton 11 70 odd 

" 27. u Ruth daughter to Job Swimierton, & buryed the 28 in- 
stant being the Lords day. \ \ f corpse carryed by y c 
meeting-house-door in time of singing before meeting 
afternoon & more at y p Funerall than at y e Sermon 11 28 

Feb.. 3. "Jacob only son to Jacob Fuller well yesterday & dead 

this day" " three year old 5 March next 11 3 


Nov. 22. " Francis Nurse 11 77 

Jan. 31. " wife to John Martin not sick a fortnight 11 


June " Thomas Fuller Sen r11 80 


Apr. 7. " Sab. Job Swinnerton 11 70 

May 19. " Sab. Sarah wife of Joshua Rae Sen' 11 70 

Julv 23. " Nathaniel Putnam Sen"" about 79 or 80 11 80 

Jan. 1. " Brav Wilkins— 1702" « aged 92" 

" 2. " William Buckley aged 11 80 


Dec. 3. " Daniel Andrew Sen' Dyed of y e Small pox 11 59 

Jan. 6. " Thomas Andrew y e 2 d son of Dan 11 Andrew dyed of y e 

Small pox 11 24 

" 12. " Sam 11 Andrew y e 3 d son of Dan 11 Andrew dyed of y e 

Sin. pox 11 19 

1850.] Church Records of Farmington, Conn. 57 


[Copied by the lute lion. Nathaniel Goodwin of Hartford. Communicated by 

Daniel Goodwin. J 

[Concluded from Vol. XII., page 330.] 

At a meeting of the Church, January 16, 1693 

It was then determined and agreed, tin; way and method they would 
pay for the future, for the support of the Lord's table, as followeth, viz : — 
That every communicant shall actually pay or deliver to the Deacons 
every Sacrament day, after exercises' 3d. in money ; or give in a paper 
fairly under their hands, whereby they do oblige themselves to pay 3d. in 
money, or 5*7. in current corne, to be paid once a year, sometime in 
Ma rcli ; — and this to abide in force until the Church shall otherwise 

At the same meeting, the Church did desire and empower Deacon 
Isaac Moore and Deacon Thomas Bull, to collect and gather this money 
above said for the Churches use. 

At the same meeting the Church made choice of Joseph Thompson and 
Samuel Wadsworth to be added to the Deacons, to take a view and 
consider of the arrears of money that are due to the Church, and were so 
in Deacon Langton's time, from particular men ; and these men, with the 
Deacons, shall have power to determine by their good discretion what 
and how much of this arrears shall be gathered for the Churches use; 
and what they do determine shall be gathered, the Deacons shall have 
power to collect it. 

It was further determined, that the two men above said, viz: John 
Thompson and Samuel Wadsworth, shall be further employed and em- 
powered to audit the present Deacons accounts with the Church. 

October 21, 1677. I told the Church to this purpose, — that in order to 
our peaceable and edifying walk together, we needed to speak something 
concerning offences, namely, — what was truly to be accounted a public 
and what a private offence : — particularly, for the shortening of discourse, 
I would propound a case, namely: 

Suppose a brother or brethren offend by lying, or railing, or violence, 
and this offence is committed not in a corner, but in the open street, in 
the audience and observation of divers families; and so from less to 
more, cometh to be in the mouths of many, — whether such an offence 
ought to be accounted public or private. To this purpose spake the 

After some time spent in debate about the forementioned matter, — the 
day being spent, and the darkness prevailing, I took the mind of the 
Church, in the manner following, viz : 

Those that were of the mind, that an offence circumstanced in the 
manner forementioned, was a public offence, should signify it by their 

Those that were for the negative or otherwise minded, might express 
themselves by speech. 

A pause being made, I rember none that spake for the negative, but 
Capt. Lewis and Stephen Hart, Junior. 

At a Church Meeting, November 6, 1677. 

Stephen Hart, Jun. affirmeth, that John Woodruff went into his shop, 

58 Church Records of Farmington, Conn. [Jan. 

and took out spooles without his allowance. This he did openly in the 

Capt. Standlev and John Andrews, senior, testify, that Stephen Hart, 
jun, told John Woodruff, that his so doing was no better than theft of 
stealing. This matter of stealing was diverse times turned by Stephen 00 

John Woodruff sayeth, that Stephen said to him, — This is a DM6 
thieveish part. 

This accusation of Stephen, the Church took osideration, and by 

vote declared, that they found it nut proved. 

At the same time, also, the Church considered the second charg 
Stephen on John Woodruff, viz : that of lying: This, also, the Church 
voted not to he made good by Stephen. 
To John Woodruff 's charge of lying, upon Stephen Hart, — 
It is to be minded, thai from the testimony of Capt Standley and John 
Andrews, it appeareth, thai John did i . or lying, on Stephen. 

And whereas, it may be said, that it is p. John did more than once 

turn the lie on Stephen, yet the Church take none to No proved hut this, 
attested by Capt. Standley and \ and these two last testi- 

monies affirm, that they beard not John turns the lie on Stephen, till 

Stephen had turned lying and Stealing on John, — (('apt. Stand''. • \- 

presslj saying, that the matter of stealing was the first that he i d.) 

Upon the . namely, — that the < 'I. 

take cognizance of John Woodruff, Stephen with 

lying: — hut from th< l 3 . and John Andn 

and according to tl • >ns by John Woodruff ai 

phen had charged him with stealing and lying, of which 

proved,] the Church bj vote declared that th< l find John Wood- 

ruff material!) . the m M tor 

this. , 

Upon November 12, lo"7. The Church mel n, ami took more 

consideration. These words of John Woodruffi phen Hart, in 

which John aekn jjed him i have told Stephen thai be would 

that behind a man's back which ly to 1. , — 

which the Church did not find made good by John. 

( hi Noi emb( r 1 1, the ( Church mel te of I 

offences, both the brethren acknowledging the evil of their langui 
S ph< n on ned hi guilty both in the matter and in the manner of his 

words. John also, took knowledge of the clammourness and unkind 
manner of his language in die with Stephen ; and as to the lat 

charge of stealing behind a man's b •... & • . took knowledge of his folly 
in that, — and the Church their repel . — declaring the same 

by \ 

At the same meeting, Captain L iknowledged himself, in the mat- 

ter which happened between John Judd and him, to have spoken to the 
dishonor of God, and of his profession ; and that his lang i was of an 
evil tendency, — and consented, that his so doing, should he published to 
the Congregation. 

November 16, 1677. Capt. Lewis came to me, and desired me to 
forbear giving any public intimation to the ConL r r< nation, touching the 
matter which happened between him and brother John Judd. 

The reason he presented for his so doing was this, namely, — because 
he judgeth or pretendeth that the Church hath not considered the case in 

1S.")9.] Church Records of Farmington^ Conn. 59 

the rounds of it. according to what he desired when he presented it and 
left n to their consideration. 

November 26. The Church met again, and took into consideration 
the Captain's reason above mentioned. Much discussion passed upon 
it, — but nothing brol to a full issue at the meeting. 

November 29. The Church met again, and voted, they did not see 
cause to retrace their conclusion concerning the case ; — none opposing 
but obi father Lewis, as I remember,] only Thomas Judd, junior declared 
himself non actable, or neutralizing. 

January". 1678. The brethren took into consideration the motion of 
Jonathan Smith, for liberty of joining with them in the Conference, and 
by vote came to the conclusion following, namely, — that they expected 
Jonathan should oas.- the -caudal he was under hv casting reproach upon 
the Pastor of the Church, for which he was censured by the Civil authori- 
ty bore, — and this nnsw< r to be returned to him. 

February I s . 1678. The brethren were made acquainted with Jona- 
than Smith's confes lion, or acknowledgement : — and after discourse upon 
it, came to this vote, — thai they judged he came not up to the rule, or did 
not answer the meaning of Christ in a! I acknowledgement, and 

therefore saw no1 cause to grant him the liberty of the Conference. 

Q on. 
Whether a Church Member, publ cklv off ndinc, ought not in order to 
the removal of the stumbling block thereby laid l»< fore those who arc 

without, to have his repentance publicly d I ? 

Answ er. 
For answer, consider 1 Corinthians X. '■'•'!. "Give no offence to Jew 
nor to Gentile, nor to the Church of God.' 1 

1. Hence it is the duty of Church members t< no offence to 
their fellow membei that are without. 

2. In case of offence given, they ought not to lie or continue in 
offence, but by due means, endeavor the removal of it. Psalm 
LXVIII, 21. " Bui God shall wound the head of his enemies, 
and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in bis tres- 
passes. 91 

3. This cannot be done but by repentance, and disowning of himself 
is duly held forth and declared. If therefore he may not abide in 
offence to those thai are without, it is incumbenl on the offending 
brother and on the Church to whom Christ hath given power to 
redress offences, [when they fall,] to sec that their brother's 
repentance be duly notified. 

In what way shall it be done ? 

I see no better way than that which is ordinarily practised among the 
Churches, namely, — that the Brother's repentance be in a comely man- 
ner published in the assembly of Church and Town, — except the Church 
in their agitating of the offence, keep their session openly, with liberty 
for the neighborhood to be present, &c. 

But the Brother offending offereth in a Town Meeting to disown him- 
self, and it was in such a meeting that he offended, if at all, — I know 
not but the publication of his repentance in such a meeting, (as to 

60 Church Records of Farmington, Conn. [Jan. 

the breadth or openness,) may suffice ; yet to carry and fix the mat- 
ter to such a meetins;, hath difficulties attending it. 

1. May be such a meeting will not seasonably come to hand, and 
if the Church cannot inoffensively communicate with the Brother till 
a meet publication of his repentance be made, (as their premises 
intimate,) it may be very unhappy to wait long for a Town Meeting. 

2. Perhaps the Brother offending will not go to the Town Meeting. 
Can the Pastor force him ? 

3. Will it be comely for the Pastor to go thither with the 
Brother's repentance ? 

4. Perhaps as the Townsmen may be, they will not admit the 
Pastor to speak on such an account. 

May not the Brother's acknowledgement be hindered by particular 
brethren to those without, as occasionally they converse with him ? 

This sccmeih unsafe, and may possibly expose the Church to unan- 
swerable rebuke. 

1. That which is every man's business is no man's. 

2. Suppose it be objected from some without, that the Church 
entertaineth drunkards and railers, &c. (mentioning some that 
have fallen in those regards.) — [f answered, but they have repent- 
ed, and disowned themselvi s, What if it shall be replied, of this 
we never heard, nor have you taken any sure and effectual course 
that we might so hear. Moreover, how ordinary it is in carrying 
of reports, for some to alter, add or diminish, and so the truth, as 
it is, not be declared. 

( Injection. 

But if the publication be bread, it will make the plaster broader 
than the sore. The offence was not given before so many, dec. 


1. Still I see no inconvenience, for [although] in likelihood the 
offence is now much more known than when at fust given. Sup- 
pose a man drunk but in the presence of 10 or 12, but gradually 
he cometh all abroad, — may he not, ought he not openly to 
declare his repentance, though not so openly committed at first. 

2. The genuine scope of this published acknowledgment is not 
to blazon the Brother's offence, but to remove it ; and at the same 
time that his fall is declared, his getting up is also more known, — 
so that he is hereby sat right, and no longer to be set in the place 
of the offender. 

The Society of Callicoes. — The ancient, loyal and hospitable So- 
ciety of Callicoes met on the evening of the 13 Oct. 1743, at the Bunch 
of Grapes, the house of Mr Sa?nuel Wethered, in King street. This was 
appointed as a day of Thanksgiving for the preservation of His Majesty 
& the Duke of Cumberland, at the battle of Dettingcn, over the French 
Army.— Post Boy, Oct. 17, 1743. 

1859.] Rev, Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich. 61 


[Continued from Vol. XII., p. 342.] 
[By Augustus D. Rogers, of Salem, Mass. (258)7.] 

(207) VI. Uriah,* b. July 3, 1734; m. Lydia Hyde, Jan. 16, 1755; d. 

July 7, 1796. She d. Aug. 4, 1773. Their children were, 

1. Joseph Fitch ; 2. Uriah, m. Ruth , their children 

wore Benjamin, Uriah and Wealthy; 3. Wealthy; 4. 
Anne? 5. Oliver; 6. Dudson ; 7. Lydia ; 8. Prudence; 
9. Abigail ; 10. Theophilus ; 11. Penelope. 

(208) VII. Col. Zabdiel, b. May 20, 1737; m. 1st, Elizabeth Tracy, dau. 

of Andrew T. She d. May 1, 1772. 2d, he m. Elizabeth 
Snow, dau. of Rev. Joseph Snow of Boston, July 9, 1774. 
She d. Nov. 8, 1793. 

Col. R. d. at an advanced age at Norwich. By his 1st 
wife, Elizabeth Tracy, he had children — 

1. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 27, 1758; d. Feb. 17, 1800; m. Mr. 

Samuel Woodbridge. 

2. Lucretia, b. Dec. 8, 1760 ; d. Feb. 26, 1763. 

3. Frances, b. Aug. 6, 1763; d. Sept. 21, 1763. 

4. Zabdiel of Mystic, Conn., b. Oct. 6, 1764; m. Glorianna 

Eldridge ; d. April 19, 1826. Their children were, 
1. Rev". Zabdiel, b. Oct. 2, 1792: grad. Yale Coll., Ct. ; 
m. Juiiet S. Mitchell, Aug. 10, 1840, removed to Charles- 
ton, S. C. ; their children were, Mary, Amelia, James 
D. M. ; 2. Theophilus, m. Caroline, dau. of Samuel 
Woodbridge ; 3. Eliza, m. Dudley Rossiter ; 4. Fanny, 
m. Rev. Mr. Ayer, and d. early ; 5. Glorianna. 

5. Fanny, b. Mar. 28, 1767; m. Hon. Roger Grisvvold, LL.D., 

Governor of Connecticut. He was born in 1762 (son 
of Gov. Matthew Griswold of Conn, and Ursula, b. Oct. 
30, 1734, dau. of Gov. Roger Wolcott of Conn.) ; settled 

* Dr. Uriah Rogers, a physician of Nonvalk, Conn., and prominent inhabitant of 
that town, was probably of a branch of the family emigrating early to tins State. Plis 
name is found in Hall's history of Norwalk, as early as 1754. His wife was Hannah 
Lock wood of Norwalk. 

Their eldest child and daughter, Hannah Rogers, b. June 7, 1735, m. Moss Kent, a 
graduate of Yale College. They had three children — Hon. Moss Kent, a member of 
the New York Senate and of Congress, and Register of the Court of Chancery ; Han- 
nah, who married William Pitt Piatt of Pittsburgh, N. Y. ; and the Hon. James Kent, 
LL.D., who died at New York, Dec. 12, 1847, ae. 84, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 
of N. Y., and for nine years Chancellor of that State, and author of the celebrated 
Commentaries on American Law. " For a long series of years he was the unquestioned 
head of American jurisprudence, and in private and domestic life noted for all those 
qualities which characterize the Christian gentleman." 

A reply to a recent inquiry, kindly furnished by his son, Hon. Judge William Kent 
of New York, mentions memoranda' among his father's papers, in which the chancellor 
says that " when he was five years old, he was sent to Norwalk to school, and lived 
with his grandfather Rogers four years, going to an English school during that time." 
He adds, " The government of my grandfather was pretty strict, and the manners 
of his family were orderly, quiet and religious." 

The other children of Dr. Uriah Rogers were, 2. Lydia; 3. Uriah; 4. James; 
5. James; 6. John; 7. Esther; 8. David; 9. Abigail. 

62 Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich. [Jan. 

at Norwich, when first admitted to the bar, in 1783; con- 
tinued his residence there until elected a member of 
Congress, in 1794. He then removed to his native town 
of Lyme ; was elected Gov. in 1811, and reelected the 
succeeding year. He then removed to Norwich, that he 
might have the advice of Dr. Tracy, in whom he had 
great confidence, and died at the age of 50 years. He 
was a man of great boldness and energy. His relict, 
Fanny Rogers, is still living, upwards of 90 yrs. of age. 
Their children were, Augustus H., Charles, Matthew, 
Frances Anne, Roger W., Eliza W., Mary Anne, Wil- 
liam F., Robert H., James. 

6. Sophia. 

7. Anne. 

By his 2d wife, Elizabeth Snow, Col. Zabdiel Rogers 

8. Sophia, b. April 5, 1775 ; d. June 5, 1797. 

9. Joseph, b. June 1, 1776 ; d. Aug. 6, 1800. 

10. Thomas, b. Oct. 1, 1777. 

11. Anne, b. Jan. 14, 1779 ; d. Jan. 2, 1793. 

12. Sarah, b. July 9, 1780. 

13. Edward, b. July 17, 1781 ; d. March 8, 1782. 

14. Susannah, b. July 6, 1782 ; d. Dec. 20, 1801. 

15. Emma, b. Aug. 20, 1783. 

16. Maria (now living), b. April 11, 1785; m. Mr. Israel Vail. 

Their son is Rev. Thomas Vail, Rector of Christ's 
Church, Westerly, R. I. 

17. Edward, b. Jan. 8, 1787. 

18. Henrv, b. Feb. 3, 1788. 

19. Charles, b. Dec. 23, 1788. 

(209) VIII. Lucretia, b. May 1, 1740 ; m. 1st, Joseph Jewett, 2d, Abner 

Lee. He d. Jan. 18, 1836 ; she d. Jan. 1836, in her 96th 
year. Had several children. 

(210) IX. John, b. Nov. 27, 1744; d. Feb. 1, 1745-6. 

Lois (105) and her 2d husband, Dudson Kilcup of Boston, had 

children — 

(211) I. Abigail, b. Sept. 8, 1728. 

(212) II. Dudson, b. Feb. 11, 1731. 

Rev. John (106) of Gloucester, Mass., and 1st wife, Susannah 

Allen, had 

(213) I. , b. and d. in infancy, 1746. 

By his 2d wife, Mary Ellery, he had 

(214) II. John, Esq., b. at Gloucester, Dec. 1, O. S. 1748; was edu- 

cated at Har. College (by his father, and grandfather of 
Kittery), and graduated 1767. He immediately commenced 
teaching school at Manchester, Mass., and continued in that 
employment, for more than forty years, at Gloucester. In 
1742, he was chosen town clerk, and faithfully performed 
the duties of that office till his death, a period of nearly 
forty-six years. Such was his integrity, that his claims to 
the office were scarcely disputed, even in times of the 

1859.] Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich. 63 

greatest political excitement — a fact highly creditable to 
himself and his fellow-citizens. His education had been 
intended to fit him for the ministry, but doubts of his 
spiritual preparation continued to embarrass his mind to 
an advanced age, which, with several other causes, pre- 
vented him from making a public profession of religion 
till about a year before his death, which occurred Nov. 29, 
1827, aged 79. 

His example was highly valuable as a friend of civil, 
social and religious order, as a zealous supporter of public 
worship, and a warm friend of the ministry. 

His wife was Sarah (widow of Capt. John Smith, who 
was master of a privateer belonging to Gloucester, and was 
killed in the war of the Revolution), dau. of Dea. Hubbard 
Haskell of G. She d. in 1813, aged 59. 

Their children were, 1. Mary ; 2. John ; 3. Nancy, d. 
young ; 4. George, Esq. of Boston, Mass. ; 5. Abigail ; 
6. Fitz William. 

(215) III. Mary, b. Jan. 27, 1753 ; m. 1st, Capt. James Riggs of Glou- 

cester ; 2d, Elias Haskell of G. 

By 1st husband she had, 1. James; 2. Mary; 3. Nancy. 

By 2d husband she had, 4. Lucy ; 5. Martha, m. 

Wentworth of N. Yarmouth ; 6. Elias of Newburyport, 

(216) IV. Anna, b. Oct. 23, 1754; m. Capt. William Babson of Glou- 

cester. Their children were, 1. William; 2. Catherine; 
3. Martha; 4. Mary; 5. Dorcas; 6. Nathaniel; 7. Charles; 
8. James. 

(217) V. Susannah, m. Capt. John Babson of Gloucester. 

(218) VI. Catherine, b. June 6, 1756 ; d. unmarried. 

(219) VII. William, b. Dec. 8, 1758. 

By his 3d wife, Abigail Woodward, Rev. John Rogers 
of Gloucester had — 

(220) VIII. Daniel, b. Jan. 18, 1771 ; m. a dau. of Capt. Sanders of G. 

(221) IX. Sally, m. Capt. Theodore Stanwood. 

Capt. Timothy (107) of Gloucester, and wife , had — 

(222) I. Timothy, who entered the English naval service, and d. in 

Lisbon in 1797, " a much esteemed and gallant officer in 
the great fleet there, under command of Earl St. Vincent." 

Nathaniel (111) of Kittery, now Eliot, Me., and wife , 

had — 

(223) I. Nathaniel, b. Oct. 13, 1760 ; m. Lucy Moody (b. 1768), dau. 

of Samuel, son of Rev. Samuel Moody of York, Me. 
Their children were — 

1. Abigail, m. Joseph Nash of Somersworth, Great Falls. 

2. Martha, d. unmarried. 

3. Capt. John of Eliot, Me., m. Martha Beam. She d. 185-. 

Capt. R. has in his possession an original portrait (taken 
in 1623, aged 51) of his ancestor, Rev. John (10) of 
of Dedham, Essex, old England, in an excellent state 
of preservation. 

64 Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich. [Jan. 

4. Capt. Shubael Gorham, m. Ann, dan. of Capt. Thomas 

Howe of Baltimore, Mil., b. July 12, 1799; d. 1840, 
aged 42. He lived at Eliot. 

5. Nathaniel, b. Feb. 23, 1803 ; d. Dec. 24, 1853. Formerly 

kept the " Marlboro' Hotel," Boston, also the " Del a van 
House," Albany, N. Y., and afterwards of Buffalo. He 
in. Phebe, dau. of Walker of Portsmouth, N. H. 

6. William Dummer Moody, b. Sept. 4, 1809; d. 1841; m. 

Marv Hammond of Eliot, Me. 

Martha (112) and John Hill of Kilter y, now Eliot, had — 

(224) 1. John. 

(225) II. Katherine, m. Joseph Furbush of Eliot. 

(226) III. Sally, m. Dr. William Dummer Moody of Vassalboro', Mc. 

Daniel, Esq. (113) of Gloucester, Mass., and 1st wife, Elizabeth 

Gorham, had — 

(227) 1. Lucv, b. Aug. 26, 1760. 

(228) 11. Join", Gorham, b. April 16, 1762; d. Nov. 26, 1802. 

(229) III. Elizabeth, b. Julv 7, 1764. 

(230) IV. Charles, b. Oct. 15, 1765. 

(231) V. Daniel, b. July 22, 1767, and d. young. 

Bv his 2d wife, Rachel Ellerv, he had — 

(232) VI. Daniel. 

(233) VII. Timothy. 

(234) Vlll. Esther. 

(235) IX. Marv. 

(236) X. Samuel. 

(237) XI. Shubael. 
(238; XII. Judith. 

(239) XIII. Rachel. 

(240) XIV. Fanny. 

Mary (114) and Thomas Hammond of Eliot, Me., had — 

(241) I. Joseph, m. Mary Staples. 

(242) II. Mary, m. Jones. 

Margaret (118) and Dr. John Calef of Ipswich, had — 

(243) I. Margaret, b. Oct. 15, 1748 ; m. Dr. Daniel Scott of Boston, 


(244) II. Mary, baptized March 24, 1750 ; m. Capt. John Dutch of 


Elizabeth (122) and Daniel Rogers, Esq. of Ipswich, had — 

(245) I. Mary, b. Aug. 26, 1761. 

(246) II. Elizabeth, b. March 16, 1763; d. April 30, 1764. 

(247) III. Elizabeth, b. July 10, 1765. 

(248) IV. Margaret, b. July 20, 1768 ; d. Aug. 27, 1768. 

(249) V. Daniel, b. Sept. 23, 1769; d. Feb. 15, 1771. 

(250) VI. Sarah, b. 1774 ; m. Pratt of New York. 

(251) VII. Daniel of Ipswich, m. Elizabeth Kendall of I. He was 

wrecked on Cape Cod, and perished with others, Dec. 25, 

1859.] Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich. 65 

1820, aged 47, in the ship Rolla of Newburyport, of which 
vessel he was supercargo. His widow d. at Chicago, 111., 
1857. Their children were — 

1. Daniel Augustus of Boston, d. 1844; m. Abigail Lord of 

Ipswich, now of Boston. Their children are, 1. Daniel 

Augustus Rogers ; 2. Elizabeth, m. Lathrop of 

Boston ; 3. . 

2. John Leverett of New York. 

3. Edward Phillips (originally Ephraim Kendall). 

4. George Jenkins of Ipswich. 

5. Elizabeth, d. in infancy. 

Martha (125) and Jacob Treadwell, Esq. of Ipswich, had — 

(252) I. Hannah, b. Dec. 12, 1762; m. Col. Nathaniel Wade of I. 

about 1784. She d. May 4, 1814. Col. Wade was for 
many years county treasurer, and distinguished as an 
officer in the Revolutionary war. He was captain of the 
Ipswich " minute men" at the battle of Bunker Hill ; was 
at Long Island, Harlem and White Plains ; a colonel during 
the whole campaign in Rhode Island ; sat as president of a 
court martial in Providence, Dec. 23, 1777, and possessed, 
it is said, the entire confidence of General Washington. 

(253) II. Nathaniel, b. June 5, 1765 ; m. Priscilla Dodge. He d. Feb. 

26, 1804. 

(254) III. Jacob, b. March 29, 1774; d. unmarried, Jan. 12, 1810. 

(255) IV. Mary, b. Dec. 14, 1771 ; m. Knight, in 1794; d. Jan. 

12, 1810. 

Lucy (127) and Jabez Farley, Esq. of Ipswich, had — 

(256) I. Capt. Michael, b. Oct. 5, 1782 ; d. ; m. 

(257) II. Nathaniel Rogers, Esq., b. Feb. 3, 1783 ; m. Pearson. 

He died in Aug. 1857, aged 73. Integrity, independence 
of character, good sense and modesty of disposition, won 
for him, through a long life, the respect of his fellow-towns- 
men, whom he was often called to serve as their repre- 
sentative to the legislature, chairman of the selectmen, and 
in responsible town affairs and offices. Their son, Na- 
thaniel Rogers, Esq., is at present (1857) chairman of the 
selectmen of Ipswich. Mar. . 

Nathaniel (128) of Ipswich and Salem, Mass., and Abigail, dau. 
of Col. Abraham Dodge, had — 

(258) I. Nathaniel Leverett, b. at Ipswich, Aug. 6, 1785. He was 

educated for college by his father, about the time of whose 
death, in 1799, he was sent to Phillips (Exeter. N. H.) 
Academy, where he remained a year, preparatory to enter- 
ing as clerk in the house of George Crowninshield' & Sons 
of Salem, eminent merchants, (two of whom were Jacob, 
a Democratic representative in Congress, and appointed 
Secretary of the U. S. Navy by President Jefferson, and 
Benjamin W., also a Democratic representative in Congress, 
and Secretary of the U. S. Navy under President Madison,) 
in whose employment sailing for some years> he continued 

66 Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipsiuich. [Jan. 

to follow the seas, as master and supercargo, till about 
1817. Mr. Rogers was for some years cashier of the 
Commercial Bank of Salem, resigning which office he was 
chosen the first Presidenl of the Mercantile Rank, and 
President of the East India Marine Society in 182-. He 
was extensively engaged in East India and other foreign 
commerce, till 1842, as head of the house of N. L. Rogers 
& Brothers, especially in the Zanzibar, Red Sea and New 
Holland trades, of which he was the pioneer from the U. S. 
Of his commercial enterprise, with a few others of Salem, 
it may be truly said that it extended " Devitis India; usqe 
ad ultimam sinum." 

He held other important offices in the town, as an active 
member of the school committee for a long number of 
years, selectman, &c. 

He was married, Oct. 24, 1813, by Rev. Dr. Hopkins, to 
Harriet, youngesl child of Aarmi Wait, Esq. of Salem (of 
the firm of Wait & Peirce, enterprising merchants from 
the period of the Revolution for about fifty years) and 
Elizabeth Call of Charlestown, Mass., v\h<> d. 1826, aged 
84) whose mother, Hannah, dau. of John Lynde, resided 
and died in Salem, after her bouse was consumed by the 
firing of Charlestown by the British troops, in 1775). Mr. 
Wait died at Salem in 1829, aged 88. He was born at 
Maiden. Mass., son of William Wait (who removed from 
Maiden to Marblehead] and Deborah Bucknam »d* Maiden. 

They both died at Marblehead, at ihe advanced age of 93 
years each — she on 13th of Aug., he on the 23d Nov. of 
the same year, 1803. He vras son of Samuel Wait, who 

died Sept. 17, 1734, in his 81 si year, of Maiden, " gentle- 
man, 91 a large landholder there — liis will was dated Aug. 
1, 1789; he left a wife, Anna). He was 3d son of "Capt." 
John Waite of Maiden, whose estate was settled in probate, 
April 30, 161)1; a large landed proprietor there. He died 
Sept. 26, 1693, aged 75, leaving a wife, Sarah, who died 
Jan. 13, 1707-8, aged 81. lie was one of the first select- 
men of Maiden, a representative to the General Court of 
Mass. from that town about 24 years, and speaker of that 
body in 1684. He is said to have been related to Thomas 
Waite, one of the judges who condemned Charles I. 

The children of Nathaniel Leverett Rogers and Harriet 
Wait of Salem, were — 

1. Nathaniel Wait, b. Sept. 4, 1814; d. Oct. 26, 1832, aged 

18. He was clerk for three years in the commercial 
house of his father, and a graduate of the first class in 
the English high school, Salem. 

2. A son, \ 

3. Harriet Wait, b. Feb. 2, 1818, \ d. in infancy. 

4. William Leverett, b. March 8, 1819, j 

5. William Leverett, b. Jan. 29, 1820; d. at Salem, June 10, 

1850, aged 30. Entered Harvard College 1836 ; left in 
1840; afterwards entered Dane Law School, Cambridge. 
&. A daughter, d. in infancy. 

1859.] Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich. 67 

7. Augustus Dodge, b. Feb. 20, 1823. Entered Har. Coll. 

1839 ; left 1840 ; afterwards entered Dane Law School, 
Camb. in 1844, and became an attorney and counsellor. 

8. Henry Whittingham, b. Nov. 24, 1824; d. at Salem, Dec. 

9, 1855, aged 31. At the early age of 6 or 7 years, he 
evinced an uncommon talent for the fine arts, which, 
united to an extreme modesty of disposition, elicited the 
praise and admiration of the first masters. Being an 
invalid from boyhood, through his remaining years, pre- 
vented him from cultivating, to any considerable extent, 
the. so pare endowments. 

9. Edward Stamford, b. June 28, 1826. 

10. Harriet Wait, b. March 4, 1828. 

11. Louisa, b. Jan. 18, 1830; d. June 27, 1855, aged 25. 

(259) II. John Whittingham, formerly of Salem, merchant (now of 

Boston), b. at Ipswich ; m. Anstiss (who d. at Brattleboro', 
Vt. 1856), a dau. of the late Hon. Col. Benjamin Pickman 
of Salem (a Federal representative in Congress) and 
Anstiss, dau. of Hon. Elias Haskett Derby of Salem, the 
founder of its Eas1 India commerce. 

The children of John W. and Anstiss were — 

1. Mary Ann Pickman, b. at Salem and d. at Boston. 

2. Elizabeth Harriet. 

3. Capt. John Den i son, d. at China. 

4. Anstiss Derby, m. William S. Wetmore, Esq. of New York. 

Their chil. are, 1. Wm. S. ; 2. Geo. Peabody ; 3. Anstiss. 

5. Lucy Rawlins, d. at Boston in 1N56. 

6. Martha Pickman, m. John Amory Codman, Esq. of Bos- 

ton. A son is John Amory. 

(260) III. Richard Saltonstall, b. at Salem, merchant ; m. 1st, Sarah, 

dau. of Hon. Jacob Crowninshield of Salem and 

Gardener of S. Their children were — 

1. Capt. William Crowninshield. 

2. Capt. Richard Dcnison, m. Martha Endicott, dau. of Col. 

Francis Peabody of Salem. 

3. Jacob Crowninshield, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Col. F. Pea- 

body of S. 

r" r\ ' / d. in childhood. 

5. George, ) 

6. Arthur Saltonstall. 

By his 2d wife, Elizabeth, dau. of Hon. Dudley L. Pick- 
man of Salem, were — 

7. Dudley Pickman. 

8. George Willoughby. 

9. Elizabeth. 

(261) IV. William Augustus, b. at Salem; graduated Har. Coll. 1811, 

where he was educated by the liberality of his father's 
cousin, Daniel Denison Rogers, Esq. of Boston. He studied 
law with Hon. John Pickering of Salem, and practised a 
short time, but gave up the profession to follow the seas, 
and died of a fever, at Siam, in June, 1821, while in com- 
mand of the brig Texel, aged 29. 

(262) V. Daniel Denison, d. in infancy. 

68 Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich. [Jan. 

Francis (133) of Ipswich and ludith Hodgkins, had — 

(263) I. Francis, d. in infancy. 

(264) II. Francis, d. about 1812, aged 30, on board a U. S. vessel of 

war, under Commodore Decatur. 

(265) III. Martha, d. in childhood. 

(266) IV. Mary, m. J. Dole Pearson. She is still living at Salem, ae. 80. 

(267) V. Judith, m. John Tyler Dolliver of Marblehead. A dau. Mary 

m. Charles Staniford of Salem. 

Daniel* (134) of Ipsicich and his 2d wife, Elizabeth, dau. of 
John Simpkins, Esq., merchant of Boston, had — 

(267) V11I. Margaret, bap. Nov. 1778. 

(268) IX. Mary, m. Stephen Dutch of Ipswich, Feb. 18, 1799, now 

deceased. Had children. 

(269) X. Elizabeth, m. John Talent. 

By his 3d wife, Mary, dau. of John Appleton Yeomans 
of Ipswich, he had — 

(270) XI. Martha, 1st, } m. Joel Bowker, Esq., merchant of Salem, 

(271) XII. Lucrctia, 2d, ) Mass. 

Their children wore, 1. Daniel Rogers, m. Savory 

of Salem, 1847 ; 2. Lucrctia ; 3. Ceorgc ; 4. Charles ; 
5. Susan Rogers. 

(272) XIII. Lucy, m. John Hodgkins of Salem, now deceased. 

Their children were, 1. John of Gardiner, Me. ; 2. Au- 
gustine of Bath, Me. j 3. Daniel Dennison of Bath, Me. ; 
4. Elizabeth, m. Thorndike Chandler of Salem ; 6 Clarissa, 
m. Nathaniel Chapman of Salem ; 7. Lucy ; 8. Mary ; 
9. Abigail. 

(273) XIV. Richard, b. Aug. 8, bap. Aug. 11, 1776; lives in Gilman- 

ton, N. H. Has no children. 

Daniel Denison (140) of Boston and Elizabeth Bromfield, had — 

(274) I. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 11, 1798; d. Aug. 14, 1826; m. I. T. 

Slade, Esq. 

Their children were, 1. Mary Ellen ; 2. Daniel Denison, 
grad. Har. Coll. 1844; 3. Elizabeth Bromfield. 

(275) II. Daniel Denison, b. Jan. 22, 1799 ; d. June 4, 1803. 

(276) III. John, of Boston, b. May 11, 1800; grad. H. C. 1820; m 

Ellen, dau. of John Derby, Esq. of Salem, Mass. 

Their children were, 1. John; 2. Laura Derby; 3. Laura 
Derby ; 4. Henry Bromfield ; 5. Clara Pomeroy ; 6 and 7. 
Martha Derby and Elizabeth Bromfield, twins; 8. Frances 

(277) IV. Henry Bromfield, Esq. of Boston, b. April 4, 1802 ; grad. 

Har. Coll. 1822 ; m. Perkins, dau. of Thomas Per- 
kins, Esq. They have a dau. Annetta. 

(278) V. Daniel Denison, b. March 26, 1805; d. Sept. 14, 1816. 

(279) VI. Hannah, b. Dec. 21, 1806; m. William P. Mason, Esq. 

Their children were, 1. Elizabeth Rogers; 2. William 
Powell ; 3. Edward Bromfield. 

• * For names of children by 1st wife, Elizabeth (122), dau. of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers 
and Mary Leverett, see ante (245). 

1859.] Rev. Nathaniel Rogers. — Wales. 69 

Thomas (142) of Boston and had — 

(280) I. Abigail, ~) 

(281) II. John Gray, ,, r , • , ,.- , . , • c 
282 III. Daniel Denison, U" died in early life, and within a few 

(283) IV. Rebecca, months of cach other " 

(284) V. Abby, J 

(285) VI. Hon. John Gray, Judge of Police Court of Boston. 

Martha (151) and Major Charles Smith* had — 

(286) I. John, b. Feb. 1, 1761 ; lost at sea, Sept. 1785. 

(287) II. Samuel, b. Dec. 24, 1762; drowned, Jan. 16, 1806. 

(288) III. Ammi Ruhamah, b. Nov. 18, 1764: d. Jan. 28, 1836. 

(289) IV. Charles, b. Dec. 6, 1766 ; d. May 22, 1845. 

(290) V. Joseph, b. Aug. 3, 1768 ; d. Feb. 1839. 

(291) VI. Marlha, b. Oct. 22, 1770; d. March 22, 1785. 

(292) VII. Elizabeth, b. March 13, 1773; still living. 

(293) VIII. Nathaniel, b. Sept. 5, 1774; d. Nov. 29, 1829. 

(294) IX. Hannah, b. March 14, 1776; d. Sept. 13, 1782. 

(295) X. Mary, b. Oct. 27, 1778; d. April 29, 1821. 

(296) XI. William, b. Oct. 26, 1780; living m Kingston, N. II. 1853. 

(297) XII. Hannah, b Aug. 15, 1783; d. Sept. 25, 1821. 

Dr. Samuel t (152) of Gloucester, Mass. and Elizabeth Willis, 

had — 

(298) I. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 25, 1768. 

(299) II. Mercy, \ twins, 

(300) III. Samuel Willis, J d. in infancy. 

(301) IV. Sarah, b. Sept. 10, 1772. 

Mary (155) and Hon. Ah id Foster of Canterbury, N. H., had — 

(302) I. Martha, b. Aug. 19, 1770 ; m. Jeremiah Clough of Canterbury. 

(303) II. Abiel, b. Feb. 9, 1773; m. Susannah Moore of Canterbury. 

(304) III. Mary, b. Oct. 31, 1774. 

(305) IV. Elizabeth, b. March 9 1777. 

(306) V. Nancy, b. May 25, 1782. 

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Wales. — On Thursday last a young man of Dorchester, named Wales,| 
as he was assisting in raising a new Meeting-House there, fell from a 
Scaffold 28 Feet to the Floor, and thereby fractur'd his Scull, and was so 
terribly bruis'd that he lay speechless and seemingly without Sense till 
towards Night, and then died. — News-Letter, July 7, 1743. 

* He was a son of John Smith of Ipswich and Hannah Tread well, b. Feb. 24, 1737 ; 
was a patriot of the Revolution, captain of the militia, stationed part of the time at 
Ipswich, and in Gloucester, for defence of the sea coast ; afterward he removed to 
Derry, N. H., and, with his wife, became connected with the Presbyterian church there, 
of which he was an elder. He died March 10, 1815, aged 78. 

t He was attached to the forces sent against Ticonderoga, in 1758, serving in the 
capacity of surgeon. 

\ This was Ephraim, Son of Jerijah and Sarah Wales, "a young man of about 19 
or 20 years of age." — Blake's Annals. 


Births, Marriages, and Deaths in Maiden, 



[Concluded from Vol. XII., p. 244.] 

[Communicated by Aaron Sargent.] 

Ebenezer, son of Thomas & Deborah Wayte 
Joel, son of James & Mary Whittemore 
John, son of John & Sarah Stower 
Nathan, son of Sam 1 & Abigail Stower 
Jonathan, son of John & Martha Sweetser 
Josiah Hovey 
Benjamin Wheeler 
Joseph Lynde 

James, son of James & Sarah llarvell 
Susanna, wife of John Dexter 
Joseph, son of Daniel & Margaret Floyd 
Widow Mercy Jenkins 

Phineas Sprague, husband to Elizabeth Sprague 
Phineas, son of Phineas & Hannah Upham 
John, son of Sam' & Mary Upham 
James, son of Jacob & Rebecca Burditt 
Elizabeth Sprague 
Sarah, dr of Nath 1 & Sarah Jenkins 
Mary Baldwin 

Lois, dr of Sam 1 & Lois Green 
Jonathan Newhall 

Jonathan, son to deceased Lciut and widow Sarah New 
James, son of Jacob &; Rebecca Burditt 
Dorothy, dr of William & Dorothy Sprague 
Caleb, son of John & Mary Green 
Elizabeth, dr of " " " 

Abigail, dr of Phineas & Abigail Sargeant 
Jacob, son of Jacob & Rebecca Burditt 
Abigail, dr of John & Abigail Paine 
Hannah, dr of " " " 

Thomas, son of John &; Elizabeth Winslow 
William, son of Sami & Mary Upham 
Mercy, dr of " " " 

Solomon, son of Joseph & Hannah Sargeant 
Phebe, dr of " " " 

Phineas Sprague 

Jacob, son of Joseph & Hannah Sargeant 
Elizabeth, dr of Jon a & Mary Knower 
Abigail, dr of Sam 1 & Mary Upham 
Mary, dr of Nathi & Rebecca Upham 
Abigail, dr of John & Sarah Sargeant 
Samuel, son of u " " 

Phebe, dr of Sam 1 & Mary Upham 
Daniel, son of Nath 1 & Mary Upham 
Abigail, dr of " " " 

Abigail, dr of John & Abigail Grover 
Seth, son of John & Sarah Sargeant 



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Samuel, son of John & Persis Coleman 
Simuel, son of Samuel & Abigail Grovei 
Phineas, son of Sami & Elizabeth Howard 
Anna, dr of " 

James, son of " 
Elizabeth, dr of " 
Samuel, son of " 

Rebecca, dr of Jacob & Rebecca Burditt 
Martha Rogers, 

Samuel Sprague, in the 79 th year of his age 
Ebenezer, son of Abraham & Tabitha Skinner 
Mary, wife of Lemuel Jenkins, 54 yrs of age 
Mary, wife of Timothy Sprague 
Nehemiah, son of Sam 1 & Abigail Stower 
Aaron, son of John & Phebe Green 
Sarah, dr of Cap 1 Sam 1 & Martha Green 
John, son of John & Sarah Marble 
Benjamin, son of Sami & Abigail Stower 
Elizabeth, dr of James & Elizabeth Hovey 
Joseph, son of William & Ruth Pratt 
Susanna, wife of Jacob Wilson, ae 72 yrs 
Samuel Sprague, husband to Sarah Sprague 
Mary, wife of James Barrett 
Samuel Wavte 

Persis, dr of John & Persis Coleman 
Joshua, son of John & Hannah Grover 
John, son of " " " 

Simon, son of " " " 

Mary, dr of Daniel & Mary Whittemore 
Jemima, dr of Joseph & Jemima Jenkins 
Ebenezer Wayte 

James Barrett, husband of Anna Barrett 
Lydia, dr of Timothy & Mary Upham 
Rebecca, dr of Joseph & Bathsheba Caswell 
Phebe, dr of Stephen & Rebecca Paine 
Samuel Newhall, son to Sam 1 & Sarah 

Newhall & husband to Martha Newhall 
Sarah Newhall, widow of Sam 1 Newhall 
Nathan, son of James & Mary Baldwin 
Unic [Eunice ?] dr of Edw d & Tabitha Wayte 
Thomas, son of Sam 1 & Sarah Newhall 
Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Pratt 
Ruth, dr of Joseph & Hannah Sargeant 
Ebenezer Harnden, 63 yrs of age 
Anna, widow of James Barrett 
Joses Bucknam, ae 74 yrs 
William Paine, ae 77 yrs 

Jacob Wilson, husband of Susanna [who d. Dec. 14, 1739] 
Sarah, wife of Ezra Green 
John Wilson 

Martha, wife of Jonathan Oakes 
Mary, dr of Eben r & Rachel Pratt 
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Mehitable, widow of Joshua Blanchard 

Phebe, wife of Stower Sprague 

Mary Squier, ae 97 yrs 

James, son of James & Mary Barrett 

Martha, wife of John Pratt 

Samuel Sprague, husband to Eliz h Sprague 

John Pratt, husband of Martha Pratt, in the 62 year of his age 

Thomas Waite 

Aaron, son of \V m & Deborah Wayte 

Edward Emerson 

Moses Hill, husband to Sarah Hill 

Sarah Sprague, widow of Sam 1 Spraj 

Mary, widow of W" Sargeanl 

Philemon, bod of John & Mary Par' 

Hannah, ,lr of K«lu I & Hulda'h Hollowell 

John Wellcom, husband t<» Ann Wellcom 
Hannah, dr of Joseph & Susanna \\ 
Elizabeth, widow i h Baldwin 

Ezra, sun of Ezra .V Eunice Gil 
Sarah, wife of Nalh Jenkinfl 

Abigail, wif of Al ml [ills 

Jon' Knower, husband t<> Marj Knower 

Lemuel Jenkins, 7 '1 yra <•(' a{ 

Bathsheba, dr of Joseph & Bathsh< ba Caswell 

Rachel, wife of Eb< w zer Pratt 

John Knower, husband to E /. !i Km. 

Abigail, * ife of J< »hn I >• \ 

Solomon, son of John & Mary Shute 

Richard Dexter, husband :<> Sarah 1 N Kt 

iiah, u ife of [saac Wh< i 
Elizabeth, dr of Solomon \- Ms I nd 

William Sprague, husband to Dorothy Spra| 
Samuel ( rrover, husband 
Thomas Lynde 
Daniel Floyd ' Jr.", husband I 
Martha, dr of 1 fomel and 
Josiah, son of Solomon & Mary l n isend 
Elizabeth, widow of Sam 1 Sprague 

Hannah Collins 

Mary, dr of Jon* & Mary Knower 

Sarah, wit'-' of Thomas Hills 

Rebecca, dr of Jacob & B pham 

Charles, son of Isaac & Sarah Hill 

Sarah, wife of Thomas Oak< 

Mary, dr of Jacob & Mary Lynde 

Joseph Burditt, husband to Tabitha Burditt 

Jonathan Barrett, 72 yrs of age „ ■ 

Margaret, widow of Sam 1 Wilson 

David Bucknam, husband to Esther Bucknam 

John Stower, husband of Sarah Stower 

Daniel Floyd [sen r ], husband to Mary Floyd 

Martha, wife of Sam 1 Sprague 

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1859.] Will of George Denison.— 1M3. 73 


[The following is a copy of the Will of Col. George Denison, printed 
in the Stonington [Conn. J Advertiser, Sept. 'S.l, 1654. 

We would premise, thai William Denison, came to Roxbury, Mass., in 
company with Rev. John Eliot, in 1631, bringing with him his wife and 
three sons, Daniel, Edward and George. The last named married in 
1640, Bridgel Thompson, supposed to have been Et< v. William 

Thompson, of Braintree. His wife died in 1643. Mr. Denison visited 
fiis native country the Bame year, "and engaged in the civil conflict with 
which the kingdom was convulsed. 11 On his return to this country, about 

tWO years afl< ruards, lie broughl with him his second wife, Ann, daugh- 
ter of John Borrowdale, or Borrodel, of Cork, Ireland. Mr. D. emigrated 
to Connecticut as earlv as 1651. and in 1654 settled in what is now Ston- 
ington, to which the name of Southerton was given in 1658, when the 
territory was annexed to the County of Suffolk, Mass. He filled accept- 
ably many offices of public trust, and was particularly distinguished as a 
leader in King Philip's war. 1I«- died at Hartford, Oct. 23d, 1694, during 
the session of the General Court, and was there buried. II , accord- 

ing to the inscription on his grave Btone, was 76. The will was proved 
in June, 1695. — See FJIis\s Hist. Roxbury, 95; CaulkinVs New London, 

Stoni r, Nov. 20, 1693. 

[, George Denison, of Stonington, in the County of New London and 
Colony of Connecticut, in New England, being aged and crazy in body, 
but sound iii mind and memory, and being i make preparation 

for Death, and to set my house in order before 1 die, I do, therefore, as it 
becometh a Christian, first, freely and from my heart, resign my soul, 
through Christ, into the hands of God that gave it me, and my body to 
the earth from whence it cam'', and to be buried in decenl manner by my 
executor and friends, in the hope of a joyful and glorious resurrection 
through the perfect merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, my strong Re- 

And as concerning my outward estate, which the Lord hath still bc- 
trusted me with, after all my just debts are paid. I give and dispose of as 
followeth : First — 1 give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife, 
Ann Denison, my new mansion place, to wit the house we live in, the 
barns and buildings, the orchards, and the whole tract of land, and im- 
provements thereon, as far as Mistuxet, eastward, and as it is bounded 
upon record, South, West and North, except only thirty acres formerly 
given to my son, John Denison, which is to lie on the South side, next to 
Capt. Mason's, east of our field, and also one hundred pounds in stock, 
prized at the County price, all which is, and hath been, under our son, 
William Denison's, improvement and management, for these several 
years, to mutual comfort and content, all which I do will and bequeath 
unto my said wife, for her comfortable supply during her natural life. 

Also, I give unto my said wife all the houshold stuff that was, and is, 
properly belonging unto us before my son, William, took the charge of 
the family, to be wholly at her disposal, to bequeath to whom she pleas- 
eth, at her death. 

Unto my eldest son, John Denison, I have already given his portion, 
and secured it to him by a deed, or deeds, and I do also give unto him, 

74 Will of George Denison. — 1693. [Jan. 

his heirs or assigns, forever, a County grant of two hundred acres of 
land, or two hundred pounds in silver money, which grant may be found 
on the General Court Records. 

Also, I give unto him my great sword and the gauntlet which I wore in 
the wars of England and a silver spoon of ten shillings, marked G. D. A. 

Unto my son, George Denison, I have formerly given a farm of mine, 
lying and being at the northwest angle of Stonington hounds, and adjoin- 
ing the ten mile tree of the said bounds, which farm containeth one hun- 
dred and fifty acres, more or less, as also the one-half of a thousand 
acres of land lying to the Northward, or Northwest, of Norwich, given 
to me as a legacy by Joshua, the son of [Jncas, the same time Mohegan 
Sachem, tin; said land to be divided as mav more fully appear in the deed 

which 1 then gave him of both those tracts in one deed, signed and 
with both my own and my wife's hand, and delivered to him and witn< 
ed, and 1 hav< ral times tendered him to acknowledge it before au- 

thority, that so it might have been recorded according to the formality of 
law, the which he hath wholly ■ ed or refused, ami will not comply 

with me therein, and yet hath Bold both those parcels of land and received 

pay for them ; what his reasons mav be I eannut certainly divine, but 
have it to fear they are QOl <_ r ""<l imr tending to peace after my decease, 

Wherefore, to prevent further trouble, I - • h< rein t<» acknowh i 

said {\r{-[\, and to confirm those two parcels of land unto him according 
to the date of the said i\a'<\. and the conditions therein expressed, but do 
hereby renounce any other deed nut herein expressed, the which two 

tracts of land before mentioned, with two Indian Servants, to wit an 
Indian youth, or young man, anil a woman, together with a considerable 

ck of neat cattle, Horses, Sheep and Swine, I then gave him, and per- 
mitted him to have and carry with him, I do now confirm to him, the 
which was, and ifl . the whole of his portion, 1 either have or 

cause to give him, only I give unto him twenty shillings in silver, OF a 
cutlass or rapier, the which I leave to the discretion of my executor to 
choose which of them to do. 

Into my son, William Denison, 1 have formerly given him one hun- 
dred and thirty acres of land, be it more or less, to wit, all the land to 
the eastward of Mistusct ])/*>><>/:, which did originally belong unto my 
new mansion place, and is part of three hundred acn B granted unto me 
by New London, as may appear upon Record, and three hundred acres 
of land lying and cutting upon the North boundary of Stonington, as may 
more fully appear upon record in Stonington, ami the native right thereof, 
with some addition, confirmed to me by Oneco, as may more fully appear 
by a deed under his hand and seal, acknowledged before Capt. Mason, 
and recorded in Stonington. Also, I then gave him two Indian Servants, 
namely, John, whom I bought of the County, and his son, Job, which 
was born in our house, together with one third part of stock which we 
have together, all which, as aforesaid, we formerly gave unto my son, 
William Denison, by a former deed, under our hands and seals, and I 
just reason to confirm the same unto my son, William, in this my last 
Will, that so 1 may take off all scruple or doubt respecting the said deed. 
Moreover, 1 give unto my son, William Denison, fifty acres of land, as 
it was laid out and bounded unto me by Stonington surveyors, and joins 
upon the before mentioned three hundred acres, on the south side thereof, 
cuts also upon lands belonging to my sou, John Denison, to be to him, 
my said son, William Denison, and his heirs, forever. Also, I give unto 

1859.] Will of George Denison.— 1603. 75 

my son, William Denison, and his heirs, forever, the one half of my 
allotment at Windham, to wit, five hundred acres of land, which is pan 
of a legacy given me by Joshua, the son of Uncas, the same time Sachem 
of Mohegan, as may more fully appear upon the Court Records at New 
London, also upon that former experience we have had of his great in- 
dustry and childlike duty in the management of all our concern, for our 
comfort and comfortable supply, &c. ; it is therefore my Will and in 
confidence of his love, duty, and wonted care of his loving mother, my 
dear wife, after my decease, I say I do still continue him in the possession 
and improvement of my new mansion place, with the stock mentioned 
herein in my deed to my loving wife, he taking care of his said mother 
for her comfortahle supply, with what may be necessary for her comfort 
during her natural life, and do, or cause to be paid to his said mother, 
forty shillings in Silver Money, yearly, or half yearly, while she shall 
live, and at her decease, I fully and absolutely give and bequeath that my 
aforesaid mansion place, together with the stock mentioned before, unto 
my said son, William Denison, and his heirs, forever ; also, I give unto 
my son, William Denison, my rapier and broad buff belt and the cartiidge 
box which I used in the- Indian Wars, together with my long carbine, 
which belt and sword I used in the same service. 

Unto my oldest daughter, Sarah Stanton, as I have given her formerly 
her portion as I w<-is then able, so I do now give unto her ten pounds out 
of the stock, as pay, and one silver spoon of ten shillings price, marked 
G. D. A. 

Unto my daughter, Hannah Sax ton, as I have given unto her also her 
portion, as I was then able, so I do now give her ten pounds out of the 
stock, as pay. Unto my daughter, Ann Palmer, besides that 1 have for- 
merly given her, I do now give her ten pounds out of the stock, as pay. 

Unto my daughter, Margaret Brown, 1 have given already her portion, 
and do now give her five pounds out of the stock, as pay. 

Unto my daughter, Horrodel Stanton, I have formerly given, and do 

now, give her five pounds out of the stock, as pay, and command it to 

my beloved wife, that at or before her death, she would give her silver 

cup, which was sent us from England, with Brother lioirodeTs name, 

J. K. under the head, to her. 

Unto my grandson, George Denison, the son of my oldest son, John 
Denison, I give my black fringed shoulder belt, and twenty shillings in 
silver money, towards the purchase of a handsome rapier to wear 
with it. 

Unto my grandson, George Palmer, I give the grant of one hundred 
acres of land, which was granted unto me by the town of Stonington, not 
yet laid out, or forty shillings out of my stock, as pay, at the discretion 
of my executor to choose which. And, whereas, there is considerable 
rent due me for a house of my wife, in Cork, in Ireland, which was given 
unto her as a legacy by herfather, John Borrodel, at his death, and no 
doubt may appear upon record in Cork, the which house stands upon 
lands which they call Bishop's land, and was built by our said father, he 
to have lived in the same whereof my said wife was next to himself, as 
may also appear there upon record ; and, whereas, I have a right of 
land in the Narragansett Country, which is mine by deed of the native 
right from the true proprietors thereof, as may appear upon record in 
Boston, and in the records of Stonington, the which, my rights, have been, 
and are, under the possession and improvement of those who have no 

76 Will of George Denison. — 1693. [Jan. 

just right to them, to which, by reason of the many troubles, woes, and 
difficulties, which have arisen, together with our remoteness, we have 
not been able to vindicate our just rights, but have been great sufferers 
thereby, but if it pleases God to send peaceable times, and our rights be 
recordable in law, I do, by this, my last will, give and bequeath my said 
right unto my son, John Denison, to be divided equally betwixt them, 
provided that they each one bear their equal share in the trouble and re- 
covery of the same. Provided, also, that my son, George Denison, do 
relinquish and deliver up any right he may pretend unto by a former 
deed which I give him of the one-half of Achagromeconsit, according as 
I formerly obliged him to do in a deed I gave him of the other farm, and 
gave him upon that consideration. 

And in reference with Nathaniel Beebe who hath been a retainer and 
boarder in our family between thirty and forty years ; and for his board 
at our last reckoning, which was March the 20th, 1680, he was indebted 
to me forty six pounds, six shillings and three pence, I say £46 6s. 3d., 
as may appear under his hand to said account in my book, since which 
time he hath boarded in the family near upon fourteen years, which, at 
4 shillings sixpence the week, amounts to one hundred and sixty-three 
pounds, sixteen shillings, out of which I do give unto Nathaniel Beebe 
fifty pounds, in way of gratification and satisfaction for his love to mo 
and my children, and offices of love shown unto myself and any of them, 
in mine or their sickness and weakness, which fifty pounds must be de- 
ducted from the one hundred and sixty-three pounds, sixteen shillings, 
and the remainder will be one hundred thirteen pounds, which hundred 
and thirteen pounds, sixteen shillings, together with the forty-six pounds, 
six shillings and three pence, due upon book, under his hand, at our last 
reckoning, as aforesaid, being added unto one hundred and thirteen pounds, 
16 shillings, the whole will be one hundred sixty-two shillings, and three 
pence, the which I give unto my son, William Denison, and his heirs, 
forever, for him, or them, or any of them, or if they see cause to de- 
mand, receive and improve, as their own proper estate. Also, I give 
unto my son, William Denison, all and singular, whatsoever that belong- 
eth unto me, not already disposed of, to be to him and his heirs, forever, 
whom also I do hereby constitute, appoint, and make, my sole executor, 
to pay all just debts if any shall appear, of which I know not any, and 
to receive all dues which either are or shall be due to me, and to pay all 
legacies according to this, my Will, within twelve months after my wife's 
decease, and to take care for my decent burial. — But in case my son, 
William Denison, shall decease before he has performed this, my will, or 
before his children are of age, then my will is that the whole estate be 
under the improvement of his wife, our daughter in-law, Sarah Denison, 
during the time of her widowhood, for her comfortable supply, and the 
well educating and bringing up of their children in religion and good 
learning, all which she shall do by the advice of the reverend, and my 
loving friend, Mr James Noyes, my son, John Denison, and my son-in- 
law, Gersham Palmer, them, or any two of them, if the three cannot .be 
obtained ; but without advice she may not act, which three, my dear 
friends, I do earnestly desire, and hereby appoint, as overseers for the 
children, and to take effectual care that this, my will, may be performed 
according to the true intent thereof; but if my said daughter-in-law shall 
marry again, then this w T hole estate to fall into the hands of those, my 
overseers, and by them to be secured for my son, William Denison's 

1859.] Billings. — TrescotL— Bells. 77 

children, to wit ; William Denison, George Denison, and Sarah Denison, 
and by those overseers to be improved for their well bringing up, as 
aforesaid, and faithfully to be delivered unto the children as they shall 
come of age, to wit: the males at twenty-one years, and the females at 
eighteen, and if any of the said children should die before they come of 
age, the survivors shall inherit the same, and if they should all die before 
of age, (the which God forbid, but we are all mortal,) then it is my de- 
clared mind and true interest of this, my will, that my grandson, George 
Denison, the son of my oldest son, John Denison, shall be the sole heir 
of that estate, out of which he shall pay unto his four brothers, to wit : 
John Denison, Robert Denison, William Denison, and Daniel Denison, 
ten pounds apiece in current pay, and also ten pounds in current pay unto 
his Cousin, Edward Denison, the son of my son, George Denison ; and 
in token that this is my last Will and Testament, I have hereunto set mv 
hand and seal this 24th day of January, in the year of our Lord, one 
thousand six hundred and ninety-three, four. 


Billing. — Dorchester Farms, Sept. 29, [1742.] On the 19th Instant 
died, and on the 22d was Inter'd Mrs Sarah Billing* (Widow of Capt. 
Roger Billing) having almost compleated her 85th year. She was bless'd 
with a useful and comfortable old Age and came to her Grave as a Shock 
of Corn in its Season. It's worthy of Remark that altho' she liv'd to such 
an advancM Age and had 14 Children,! she never buried one, but they all 
now survive her, being 7 Sons and 7 Daughters, the Eldest being in her 
63d Year, and the Youngest in his 40th. 

N. B. The old Gentlewoman was present at the Funeral of one of her 
Great-Great-Grand Children of the 5th Generation a Year or two ago. — 
And another of the same Generation now attended her Funeral. 

It may also gratify the Publick to inform them, that not long since, died 
in this Town Mr John Prescott\ [Trescott] and his Wife, both of them 
about 90 Years of Age, who had liv'd together in the married State 66 
Years and 5 Months. — [Boston News Letter, Sept. 30, 1742. 

Last Week a fine set of 8 Bells were brought hither in a vessel from 
Bristol designed for Dr Cutler's Church at the North Part of the Town. 
We hear the largest of them is near 1500 Weight, and the whole Set 
about 7000.— [Boston News Letter, July 25, 1745. 

From the Boston News Letter, 21 June, 1753. — "Philadelphia June 7. 
Last Week was raised and fix'd in the Statehouse Steeple, the new great 
Bell, cast here by PASS and SNOW, weighing 2080 lb. with this Motto, 
Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land, unto all the Inhabitants there- 
of; Lv. xxv., 10." A very striking motto for a bell for the building where 
the Declaration of Independence was signed more than twenty years 

* She was a daughter of Stephen and Sarah (Bass) Paine of Braintree, and was 
born 1:9: 1657. She married Roger Billings, son of Roger and Hannah, and grand- 
son of Roger and Hannah, who were among the early settlers of Dorchester. Capt. 
Roger, the husband of Sarah, was born 18:9: 1657. T. 

t The names and dates of birth of 12 of these children are given in Thayer's Family 
Memorial (p. 69) copied from the Dorchester Records. T. 

Jin " Blake's Annals," p. 56, under the year 1741, it is stated: — "This year Janr. 
22d Died Mr John Trescott, in y e 91st year of his age. And on Aug. 1st before, Re- 
becca his Wife, in y a 90th year of her age." T. 

78 Book Notices. [Jan. 


Willard Memoir ; or, Lift and Times of Major Simori Willard ; with 
Notices of three Generations of his Descendants, and two Collateral 
Branches in the rutted, States. Also, some account of the Name and 
Family in Europe, from an early day. By Joseph Willard. Boston* 
Phillips, Sampson & Co. 1858. 8vo. pp.471. Three Illustrations. 

In calling the attention of our reader- to this elaborate Genealogy, we ihall venture 
to indicate some points <>t* the work which are without a parallel among the family his- 
tories previously issued. The subject of the memoir is Major Simon Willard, w! 
name occupies BO conspicuous a place in our early auuals, and to whose character and 
actions our author has given a thorough investigation and ■ deserved eulogy. Before 
tracing the descendants for tour generations, the compiler has given the family record 
of two branches of the name, cot descended from Simon Willard. These are the Ma- 
ryland WiUards, who start from Dewalt, Peter and Caspar Willard, who came from 
Germany in 1746, and the Newton Willards, who trace to Jacob Willard of Newton. 

Who married Mary White Of WateitOWn, I 1677, and who cannot he connected 

reliably to Simon. 
The Simon Willard. to whom the remaining branches look a< their origin, was 

horn at Horsmonden in Kent, where he WSJ baptized April 7, 1605, and WSJ the -on of 

Richard Willard, ■ substantia] yeoman of thai place, by hi*, second wife, Margery. It 
has proved impossibli I uther hack than this Richard, not from ■ want oi 

hut from their exi ess 1 •.-■ nded investigations which have hern made, show that 

the name Willard, of Sa\on origin, ha- been extant in Kent and Su-se\ ever -nice ihe 

Conquest [n the present ilty consists in identifying the father of Rich- 

ard, a- in several neighboring parishes there arc individuals of the same name, present- 
ing equal claims to the position, one who has attempted to trace a pedigree in 
! land, will recoiled that each \ illage w ems to hai ttled by one or two fam- 
ilies, all using the same Christian name-, and undoubtedly all nearly related, which 
render- the identifies! "ii of any single line of descent very difficult. Mr. Willard, 

however, expresses his hope that a farther examination ot the will- may afford a certain 
proof of the pedign W cannot retrain from cajling attention to this English por- 

tion of thf pedigree, as it i- by far the most extended ana careful examination of parish 
records mane public in any M otion is also made of an existing Enf 

family of Willard-. very probably ol the same original stock. 

The snbj <t of the arms of the family next occur-. The English branch na i ■ coat 
of arms apparently only by prescription, and Mr. Lower, ■ ren high authority, says, — 
,r I should think tney are or old date;" and there ii .••.- much probability "that 
(the American branch) aie descended from the first bearer as thai Col. Willard was." 
\\v do not deem this sufficient cause for using the arms, unless Simon Willard or his 
can be proved to have used them. Simon Willard married first, Mary, daughter 
of Henry ana Jane (Feylde) Sharps of Horsmonden, and she accompanied him hither 
In April, 1634, when he embarked with hi- sister Margaret and her husband, Dolor 

Davis, his brother Georgi Willard, Wm. Panbry, Stanley, Samuel Greenhill of 

Staplehurst, co. Kent, and Crayfbote. His second wife was Elizabeth, sister of 

President Henry Dunster, and his third, Mary Donster, probably a niece of his first wife. 
These marriages present several points difficult to explain, bat Mr. Willard gives a 
very plausible solution, as well as much information relative to the Dnnster family. 

We have not space to analyze the sketch of Simon Willard's life, or the record of his 
descendant- : the latter is very full to the point reached, and the former is very carefully 
traced and eloquently described. We close this notice with the remark that the hook 
will prove a pleasure and an example to every genealogist, ami we trust the author will 
carry out his half promise to continue and complete the genealogy in a future volume. 

The Congregational Church at Wrentham in Suffolk; its History and 
Biographies. Bv John Browne, B. A. London : Jarrold & Sons. 
1854. 8vo. pp. 48. 

In Vol. 8 (1854) of the Register is a letter from Rev. John Browne, Pastor of a 
Church in Wrentham, (Eng.), requesting information and specially anxious to get anv 
respecting John Phillip. The letter was received by Rev. William L. Ropes of our 
Wrentham, and had led to an interesting correspondence, and through the kindness of 


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Mr. Ropes, we have the loan of the printed History and Biographies of the Congrega- 
tional Church of Wrentham, in Snffolk, (£ng.), from which the following notice has 
been taken. 

In the time of Edward VI, (1550,) the manor of Wrentham waa purchased by a fam- 
ily of the aame of Brewster, which name continued by its representatives until 1810. 
The Brewsters were gentry of consideration in their county for a long period ; they es- 
poused the Puritan cause, and appear to have attained their highest elevation during the 
Protectorate of < Iromwell. To them it was owin Mr. Browne, that early in the 

■I of . James i-t, the Rev. John Phillip was inducted into the Rectory at Wrentham. 
This took place in 1609. He wa- s f( i ;. profitable and nsefu] preacher, and therefore 
obnoxious to that intolerant prelate Matthew Wren, Bishop of Norwich. This furious 
prelate drove upwards of three thousand persons to seek their bread in a foreign land. 
Among these able ministers was Mr. Phillip, who was chased oul of Old into New 
England for his nonconformity. He was married al Wrentham, Jan. 6, 1611-12, to 
Elizabeth, sister of Dr. William Ames, a divine of European celebrity in his time. — 
who, driven from the University of Cambridge for his Puritanism, became successively 
the minister of the English church at the Hague, Professor of Divinity al the University 
of Francker, and Pastor of the English church atBotterdam. About the time of his 
marriage it appears that Mr. Phillip's labors began to tell apon the parish, and it be- 
came necessary to provide increased accommodations al the church. Calamy tells us 
"that by means of Dr. Ames, Mr. Phillip had do small furtherance in his studies and 
intimate acquaintance with him served to increase his inclination to Congregational 
way-." It appears that bo much earnestness and bo much Bucct bs were matters for 
which his diocesan should have given God thank-. He, however, thought differently, 
and relentless persecutors <»f the Puritans of all Btations in life would not allow such a 
pastor as Mr. Phillip to labor unmolested; we find therefore that in 1638 he was de- 
prived of his living, ejected from his church and its mini-try, and became an exile in a 
foreign land. " Sufferers for conscience' sak>- found on the shores of America what 
their native country denied them, freedom to worship God." Hundred- availed them- 
selves of the asylum thus provided, crossed the seas, and went forth into the wilderness 
to be at peace. Thither, in 1620, the Pilgrim fathers directed their course, and thither, 
in It'..;-,- Mr. Phillip followed them with BOme godly company. Hi- arrival in that 
Country was not unexpected, as the families of Paine and Thnr-ton, who were exam- 
ined tin 1 year before and "were desirous to -.. to Balame in New England to inhabitt," 

most likely carried with them to Mr-. Ame-, who resided there, an account ofthe -tate 

of thine;- in Wrentham, on which the Christian people of Dedham invited him by let- 
ters beforehand, and this they did with the consent of the whole town, so that when lie 
arrived his friend- there did expect to, and much endeavored, to obtain hi- guidance in 
the first beginning of their ecclesiastical life. He did nut however ac< epl the invitation, 
but, being much in request and called divers ways, could not read ilj resolve; but at 
length, upon weighty reasons, conceiving the public Bervice of the church and founda- 
tion of the College, he wa- per-naded to attend the call to Cambridge. This town is 
the seat of the University, which is the oldest e lucational institute in America. This 
College, called Harvard College, was established jn-t at this period. Our own 
John Phillip was in some way engaged in the foundation of it, and refused a call to 
Dedham in order to attend to its concerns. Hi- -i-ter-indaw, Mr-. Ames, went over in 
1634, and had land granted them by the Salem authorities in 1637, and it is reasonable 
to suppose Mr. Phillip was induced to take up hi- residence there on that account. At 
any rate, we find there was a movement made in 1638 by the people of Salem, and "it 
was agreed and voted that there Bhould he a villas' granted to Mr. Phillip and his 
company, upon such conditions as the seven men appointed by the town affairs should 
agree on." (Felt.) He was received as a townsman, Jan. 21, 1640, and assigned land 
on condition of his remaining in the country. lie did not, however, long continue at 
Salem, for in Nov. 1040, he received a third invitation to Dedham, urging him to ac- 
cept the pastorate there. With this request he complied ; hut this union, thus effected, 
was speedily dissolved, for in Oct. 1G41, he, with his wife, took ship to return to their 
native land. Events had occurred rendering it safe and desirahle that he should re- 
sume his pastorate in England ; Ave find him, therefore, embarked for this purpose, and 
after a perilous voyage he is again, in 1642, settled in his homely parsonage. The in- 
terval had not been spent by him in vain, for at his return he hrought back with him to 
his former station an inclination to the New England discipline. We find his name in 
the list of members of the Assembly of Divines which met at Westminster in 1643, in 
which there were ten or eleven Independents. Mr. Phillip was named among the In- 

* Some years ago, we copied a memorandum in the autograph of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers, of Ipswich, 
N. E , to the effect that in October, 1635, he made an agreement with Mr. Phillip of Wrentham, that 
they should inform each other of any intention they might have of coming to New England. They did 
not come together, however, as Mr. Rogers arrived here in 1636. — Ed. 


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dependents by the Scots Commissioners who attended at the Assembly. The church 
in Wrentham, over which he presided, did not become Congregational in form till the 
year 1649-50. But the day came at length when the venerable pastor must die; he 
had worked out his convictions ; he had reformed his church ; he had seen ten years of 
prosperity at the close of a lung and eventful life; he fell asleep y e 2 d Sept. 1660." 
He was about 78 years of age, and he had held the living, including the period of his 
exile, fifty-one years. He was not ejected from Wrentham, but died before that storm 
burst upon the kingdom which swept away whatever of hoi integrity opposed its des- 
olating course. His successor, Thomas King, was ejected in 1662, on the sad Barthol- 
omew day, when two thousand of most able and godly divines were driven from their 
charges for their non-conformity. 

Mr. William Ames, son of Dr. Ames, came to Wrentham in 1646, where in 1648 he 
was settled as co-pastor with his uncle Phillip. When a child he went over with his 
mother, in the spring of lG.'U, (his father having died the preceding year,) to New Eng- 
land ; he was educated at Harvard College, and graduated in 1645. Calamy says of 
him, "he was a very holy man of the Congregational persuasion, and in all respects an 
excellent person. On the restoration, he was ejected from both the pulpits he had 
worthily supplied, bnt continued in " the office of Doctor," till his death, as appears 
by his gravestone in Wrentham church-yard, as follows — " Here lyeth interred the 
Body of William Ames (eldest son to the learned Dr. Ames) Teacher of a Congrega- 
tional church in Wrentham, who departed this life on July 21, — 89, and in the 66 yeare 
of his age." II was twice married, — both wives dying before him. Notices of the 
other pastors of the Wrentham church are given in the history by Mr. Browne, which 
we have not room to insert. 

Mr. Phillip's name was spelt without the final s in the church and parish registers, 
but he is undoubtedly the John Phillips mentioned as of the Westminster Assembly, 
although we have seen an edition of the Catechism, printed in Edinburgh in 1770, which 
gives the name as Henry Phillips. 

Mr. Browne gives the following as some of the names appearing on the Wrentham 
registers, viz., Hunting, Aldis, Haines, Howard, and Bullard. He also gives genealogical 
Items relating to the families of Paine and Thurston. 

The conjectures of Dr. Lamson, in his history of the Dcdham church, are confirmed 
and rendered certain by this account of the Wrentham church. W. G. B. 

The Earls of Kildare, and their Ancestors : from 1057 to 1773. By the 
Marquis of Kildare. Second Edition. Dublin : Hodges, Smith & 
Co., 104 Grafton-Street, Booksellers to the University. 1858. 8vo. 
pp. 320. 

We have resolved to give some account of the above book, as it is in many respects 
the most interesting and best written English genealogy we have seen. The Fitz Ger- 
alds or Geraldines trace their origin to Otho, a Baron of England in 1057, and have a 
fair claim to a farther pedigree reaching to A. D. 910. Gerald, the fifth in descent from 
Otho, was summoned to the Irish Parliament in 1205, as first Baron of Offaly, and 
from him was descended John, first Earl of Kildare, who died in 1316, the title remain- 
ing in the family until James, the twentieth Earl, was created a peer of Great Britain 
in 1747, as Viscount Leinster of Taplow. He was made Marquis of Kildare and Earl 
of Offaly in 1761, and Duke of Leinster in 1766. The Geraldines and the Butlers were 
the most conspicuous families among the English or Norman settlers in Ireland, as dis- 
tinguished from the Irish chieftains. The numerous battles in which the different septs 
were engaged, and the armed interposition of the English government, afforded abund- 
ant opportunities for the leaders to acquire and display a high degree of martial prow- 
ess, and their names have become identified with the history of the most important 
events of Irish history. If anything can justify a pride of birth, it must be the con- 
sciousness that the representative of a family has to maintain a name endeared to the 
hearts of thousands by the tradition of the worth of a long ancestral line. When we 
find then the representative of one of the oldest families in Europe taking his pen to 
record the transactions of his predecessors, we may well congratulate him on the splen- 
did theme he has to discuss, and upon the encouragement to the cause of genealogy 
which his conduct gives. In regard to the present book we can say that it excels every 
other English genealogy we have seen, in its simplicity and completeness. The sub- 
ject is well availed of, and those who are fortunate enough to obtain a copy will read it 
with as much interest as the best history can give them. 

The first edition consisted of but twenty-five copies ; but the present issue was made 
in order to gratify the interest manifested by the public, and consists of one hundred 


Book Notices. 81 

A Paper on New England Architecture, read before the New England 
Historic-Genealogical Society, Sept. 4, 1858. By Rev. N. H. Cham- 
berlain, of Canton. Published by the Society. Boston : Crosby, 
Nichols & Co., 1858. 8vo. pp. 30. 

Wc arc happy to record the publication of this pamphlet, as an evidence that our So- 
ciety is preparing to follow the course of several others, and to give the public an op- 
portunity to learn many curious particulars, which arc often made known only to those 
members who may hear an essay read. 

Mr. Chamberlain's dissertation is carefully prepared and eloquently worded ; and it 
treats of a subject which is of daily interest to the community. An elaborate system of 
architecture is an evidence of a high degree of intellectual culture in any society; and 
wc trust that our posterity will have something better than the miserable barns with 
pepper-box steeples, now standing all over New England, to represent churches, to lead 
them to infer the wealth and attainments of which the present generation boasts. Our 
author strongly urges the necessity of a greater attention to the study of architectural 
effects and symbolism, but we will not attempt to give a synopsis of the arguments he 
employs so well at length. 

Introduction of the Power Loom, and Origin of Lowell. By Nathan 
Appleton. Printed for the Proprietors of the Locks and Canals on 
Merrimack River. Lowell, Mass. : Printed by B. H. Penhallow, 1858. 
8vo. pp. 36. 

Wc do not hesitate to place this pamphlet among the most interesting works we have 
lately seen. Mr. Appleton has given a succinct account of the progress of our cotton 
manufactories, whose success has added a large city to the State, supplied thousands 
with the means of a livelihood, and proved a most profitable investment to the pro- 

Lowell in 1821 contained less than twelve houses ; in 1855 its population was 37,553, 
The result of the introduction of the power loom has been to place its products within 
the reach of all, by reducing the price of prints per yard from 23.07 cents in 1S25, to 
9.15 cents in 1855. Mr. Appleton is the only survivor of the originators of this vast 
national enterprise, and the public will join in the wish expressed in the letter from 
certain gentlemen, to which this pamphlet is the response, that he will yet find an op- 
portunity to give us a full history of the manufactures which have been the mainspring 
of the prosperity of Massachusetts. 

The Levering Family ; or, a Genealogical Account of Wigard Levering 
and Gerhard Levering, two of the Pioneer Settlers of Roxborough 
Township, Philadelphia County, (Penn.), and their Descendants ; and 
an Appendix, containing Brief Sketches of Roxborough and Manayunk, 
By Horatio Gates Jones. Philadelphia : Printed for the Author by 
King & Baird. 1858. 8vo. pp. 193. 

Pennsylvania has hitherto been rather sparing of additions to the genealogist's library, 
the Sharpies and Darlington families being the only previous works we remember ; but 
she has made a large installment of the debt due by this publication. Two brothers, 
sons of Rosier Levering, of Mulheim in Germany, came over about 1685 and settled 
under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Company. The stock thus planted has put 
forth numerous branches, of which our author has given a good account. We can only 
wonder at the success which has crowned Mr. Jones's efforts, when we consider that 
there is no law in his State requiring the registration of births, &c. We trust this book 
may stimulate others to preserve the records still extant in the hands of different indi- 
viduals, and produce a host of followers in the devious but pleasant paths of genealogi- 
cal research. 

Battles of the United States, by Sea and Land. By Henry B. Dawson. 
Illustrated by Alonzo Chappel. New York : Johnson, Fry & Co. 
pp. 1—128. 

We have the first four parts of this new serial history, which is to be completed in 
forty numbers. It is well written and handsomely illustrated, and will no doubt be 

82 Book Notices. [Jan. 

well received by the public. The endorsement of Gen. Wmfield Scott is sufficient to 
prove its fidelity to history, whilst the approbation of Washington Irving will guarantee 
the literary ability of the author. 

In the progress of industrial discovery, the various interests expand and subdivide, 
so that single departments of any subject come to demand separate treatises ; so in our 
progress as a wation, no one work can fairly exhibit all parts of our history, and each 
demands its appropriate and exclusive consideration. "When the full time has come, 
these wants will naturally supply themselves; and the appearance of Mr. Dawson's 
scholarlv work develops the fact that we are now emerging into our national manhood. 
Such a work could not have been produced at an earlier period, simply because we 
were not ripe for it, did not need it. 

Upon its completion we shall notice the work more particularly, and in the mean 
time we recommend it to the public attention. * 

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names, With an 
Essay on their Derivation and Import. By William Arthur, M. A. 
I^ew York: Sheldon, Blakeman & Co. lsh?. 8to. pp.300. 

Surnames. B. Homer Diiow. For Private Distribution. Boston: 1857. 
8vo. j)|). 86. 

Suffolk Surnames. By N. 1. BowDiTCB. Second Edition, enlarged. Bos- 
ton: Ticknor and Fields. 1858. s ^>. pp.883. 

We do not propou to trouble our leaden with any disquisition on the origin of nan 
or the date of the introduction of surnames. The matter baa been already rery thor- 
oughly treated b) English miters, and our only duty is to stair how the aooTe named 
authors will appear when compared with their trans-Atlantic rivals. 

Mr. Arthur! book w ems to be ■ rery careful collet don of the results attained by In- 
vestigators abroad, and is to be commended a- i means of inducing inquiry anion.: i 
class of readers who have no time to spare to make elaborate researches themseb 
The definitions seem to be adapted to meet the wants of that portion of student- t<> 

whom all but the present forms of spelling are unknown, and to whom words of the 
date of Chaucer are an enigma. 

Mr. Dixon's work (of which, by the way, there was a previous edition in 1855, and 
to which a supplement of eight pages has been added), is entirely a hook of new results 
The names are wry carefully traced to their origin in various Languages, and we regret 
that the author is not inclined to submit to the public a work which would take a high 
rank among the publications on the Bubject. 

Mr. Bowditch's book is of a different nature. He has amused himself and his read 
ers by noting down the strange forms which nomenclature has assumed, without refer- 
ence to their real meaning, but simply L r i\ ing the mode of Bpelling as he found it. Many 
nanus have hecome faiuiliari/.ed to our ears by the settlement of foreigners, which, 

though possessing a real meaning in their native land, become very ludicrous when, 

owing to a similarity of sound, they are identified with English words. Instances of 
this process of name-making occur so often, that we need not cite examples, but assure 

our readers that they will find in the " Suffolk Surname-" a plea-ant and valuable work 
to peruse. We trust that Mr. Bowditch will hen-after find time to complete and repub- 
lish the " Gleaner'' articles from the Boston Transcript, and thus preserve many curious 
facts relating to the early history of this city, of which he is perhaps the only repos- 

Genealogy of the Sarge[a]?it Family, Descendants of William, of Mai- 
den, Mass. Bv Aaron Sargent. Boston : S. G. Drake. 1858. 8vo. 
pp. 98. 

In this book we find a rare completeness, and a judicious consolidation of matter. 
The Sargents form a numerous family, and spring from several distinct stocks. The 
present book takes the descendants of William Sargent of Charlestown (now Maiden), 
in 1638, and traces their ramifications very thoroughly. The only improvement we 
could have suggested would have heen a separate numbering of the families ; but as it 
is, there is no difficulty in tracing the different branches. The appearance of a geneal- 
ogy like this must make every admirer of the study aware of the great advance which 
has been made in the value of this class of literature, and should warn every prospect- 
ive author that he has much to do in order to obtain a tolerable position in the frater- 

1859. j Book Notices. 83 

nitv. We do not doubt that Mr. Sargent will receive from the members of the family 
the gratitude and support to which bis labor has entitled him. 

History of the Town of Mason, N. H., from the first grant in 1749, to 
the year 1858. By John B. Hill. Boston and Bangor : 1858. pp. 
iv. *J24. 

Memoir of the Rrv. Ebenezer Hi//, Pas/or of the Congregational Church 
in Mason, N. //.. from November, 1790, to May, 1854, with some of 
his Sermons, and his Discourse on the History of the Town. By John 
B. Hill. Boston and Bangor: 1858. pp. 114. 

One of the very beet town histories yet written, full, exact, methodical, faithful, pic- 
turesque, and instructive, li exhibits "all the steps in progress by winch a New Eng- 
land town and church are luiilt u]) and constituted, from the earliest beginnings to their 
full establishment in independent existence and power. These institutions arc, both in 
church and state, the purest and most absolute democracies the world has ever seen." 
It is an epitome of New England colonization. 

The book is a compilation from original records, and contains — if any history can 
contain it — a perfect history of the town. We have the record- with amazing fidelity — 
reams of statistics of mortality, of births, marriages ami deaths, of biographical sketch.-, 
of manufactures, roads, schools, churches, of tin- hindrances and difficulties of poverty, 
— ambitious tracings of Lineage to some one of " the three brothers" in Noah's ark, hut, 
alas! with onl)' a possible or a "probable" link to the New England immigrant. Here 
is a specimen^bf the records : — It was, in lTtV.i, "Voted and chouse a comete to pich 
upon a place or places for a graveyard. Enoch Laurance, Samauel Scripter, Nathan 
Hall." In 1770, they voted to pay Stephen Lawrence six >hillim_ r - for boarding Mr. 
Nathan Bond while preaching in I7t'>'.>. It was also "voted that there he a workhouse 
provided, and that Reuben Barrett !"• the overseer." 

In 17G4, they " voted to except [accept '.\ Left. William Prescott and others to come 
in as proprietors of No. l." This was the Bunker Hill Prescott. Here i> .Mr. Tar- 
hell's own record of his oath of office. " October the 20, I7t'>_\ Then Thomas Tarbell 
parsonely appeared and maid oath that in the offis of Propts Clerk for No. one, to 
which he was chosen, he would act according to the beast of his judgment." 

The work i^ adorned with plea-ant pictures of houses, and of the well-to-do gentle- 
men of the town. Every true Masonian will own the hook. * 

The New Ilampsliire Annual Register, and United States Calendar, for 
the year 1859. By (I. Parke a Lyon. Concord: 18mo. pp. 1G8. 

This work, so often noticed in our quarterly, with the present issue makes its thirty- 
eighth annual visit to the people of New Hampshire. It is truly a manual, — being in 
size just six inches by three and three fourths, — can he readily carried in the hand or 
the pocket, to be consulted by the owner as Ids inclination or convenience prompts. 
The term, multum in panto, may in strict truth be applied to this little duodecimo. In 
its various departments, Legislative, judicial, ecclesiastical, medical, municipal, &c, the 
articles are prepared and arranged with method and care, being chiefly in alphabetical 
order — as such things should be — affording thereby a greater facility and convenience 
for reference. Among other matters, in this number, of interest to the general reader, 
may he mentioned a copy of the inscriptions from the monument erected to Hon. Me- 
shech Weare, the first president of the state under the new constitution, who died in 
1786 ; also, brief notices of distinguished sons of New Hampshire, recently departed. 

This annual Register is indeed a valuable compendium for present and future consul- 
tation, and we hope it may long be continued under the labors and auspices of its pres- 
ent faithful editor and proprietor. 

The Life of Esther de Berdt, afterwards Esther Reed of Pennsylvania. 
Privately printed. Philadelphia : C. Sherman, printer. 1853. 

We have been favored with a sight of this volume, which we presume was compiled 
by W. B. Reed, Esq. We do not" feel authorized to describe its contents beyond stat- 
ing they are a series of family letters, written in the Colonial and Revolutionary times. 
We have noted the title for the benefit of collectors, and we hope this notice may be 
the fortunate cause of bringing out some more extended notice of the work. 

84 Book Notices. [Jan. 

The History of Waterbury, Connecticut ; the original Township embrac- 
ing present Watertown and Plymouth, and parts of Oxford, Wolcott, 
Middlebury, Prospect and Naugatuck. With an Appendix of Biogra- 
phy, Genealogy and Statistics. By Henry Bronson, M. D. Water- 
bury : Published by Bronson Brothers. 1858. 8vo. pp. 582. 

It would be but a common-place compliment to Dr. Bronson to say, that his work is 
well done. In matter, style, and mechanical execution it is worthy of all commenda- 
tion ; in fact, take it as a whole, we scarce know of a town history in New England 
that may be considered its equal. It contains twenty-nine highly finished engravings, 
contrasting pleasantly in this respect with works illustrated by cheap lithographic heads 
and views. Twenty of these plates are finely executed portraits, (eighteen by Sartain,) 
of natives of the town, and others who have made themselves prominent there, — the 
families of Bronson, Holmes, Hopkins, Scovill, v^c. There are, besides, plans and 
maps, fac-similes of signatures of original proprietors of the old township, &c. Facing 
the title page is a tine view, on Steel, of the town of Waterbury, as it now is. So much 
for illustrations. 

The history commences in 1657, when the first Indian deed was given to "Win. Lewis 
and Samuel Steele, of Matetacoke or Mattatuck, "from whence John Standley and 
John Andrews brought the black had." &c. In the fall of 1673, Farmington people 
petitioned the court for leave to make a settlement. The petition was granted, and 
^ome of the most distinguished nun in the history of the Colony were placed upon 
the committee, viz., Talcot, Webster, Olmstead, Steele and Wad-worth. The seed 
planted by them has ripened into a beautiful and thriving town, which has now ob- 
tained the cognomen of "the Manchester of Connecticut." The town wa% incorporated 
in 1686, receiving the Dame of Waterbury "on account of its numerous river-, rivulets, 
ponds, swamps, 'boggy meadows, 1 and wit land-." It- water privileges have I 
turned to a good account. A- an evidence of this, witness it- many thriving manufac- 
turing establishments, and the prosperity of it-; enterprising inhabitants. The chapters, 
in special, containing personal notices of the first settlers, history of churches, schools, 
&c., the revolutionary history, and the progress of the people from a feeble settlement 
to a matured community are interesting and instructive, not to the people of Waterbury 
alone, or to the inhabitants of Connecticut merely, hut to every true BOD of New Eng- 
land. The appendix contain- fifty-one biographical notices, besides genealogies in brief, 
of about thirty families, with other article-. A good index crowns and completes the 
work. The hook i<, in line, a credit to the author and all concerned in its production. 

The History of Cape Cod : The Annals of Barnstable County and of its 
several Towns, including the District of Marshpee. Id two volumes. 
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Marriages and Deaths. 




Howe, Mr. Abel, at Marlborough, Oct. 
14th, to Miss Martha E.Russell ; by Rev. 
Horatio Alger. 

Newcomb, Mr. J. Warren, Jr., formerly of 
Greenfield, Mass., at Hartford, Conn., 
Oct. 20th, to Mary S., youngest daughter 
of the late Dr. George Sumner. A great- 
grandson of Gen. Joseph Warren, and 
a great-grand-daughter of Gen. Israel 

Pbescott, William, M. D., at Concord, 
N. II., June 24, to Mrs. Betsy Dole, 
both of Concord ; by Rev. C. W. Flan- 

Rick, Abraham W., Esq., of Dayton, 
Ohio, at Marlborough, in the Unitarian 
Church, Dec. 2, to Emily 1'. Bigelow, 
daughter of Lambert Bigelow, Esq., of 
Marlborough ; by Rev. II. Alger. 

Smith, Mr. John Wilder, at Brattlebor- 
ough, Vt., October 6th, to Miss Sarah 
Goodell Blake, daughter of Mr. Samuel 
Blake of Dorchester; by Rev. Addison 


Adams, Mr. Benjamin, Boston, Nov. 13. 

He was born in Exeter, N. II., March 
13, 1781; was a grandson of Rev. Jo- 
seph Adams, settled in Stratham, N. II., 
a graduate of Harvard College in 1742. 
His father removing to Boston while he 
was a child, he was here educated, and 
served an apprenticeship in a mercantile 
house. In 1801 he established himself 
in business, and under the style of B. 
Adams & Co. (afterwards Adams, Ho- 
mer & Co.) was for forty years actively 
engaged in the dry goods business. 

Almy, George B., Dartmouth, Nov. 27th, 
in the 92d year of his age. He was a 
member of the Society of Friends. His 
wife died Nov. 1st. They had lived 
together nearly 66 years. 

Ames, Capt. Amos, Duxbury, Sept. 27th, 

SB. 81. 

Austin, Samuel, Esq., Boston, Sept. 15th, 
SB. about 70. He was the son of Samuel 
Austin ; was born in Boston, and widely 
known as an opulent and extensive Cal- 
cutta merchant. He was eleeted a Rep- 
resentative to the State Legislature in 
1827, and continued in office by succes- 
sive reeleetions for the six following 
vears. He was also a member of the 
City Council in 1829 and 1830, and a 
Director in the State Bank from 1824 
until his death. 

Babson, Elizabeth, Gloucester, Oct. 24th, 
aj. 81. 

Bailey, Adams, Esq., Boston, Nov. 20, ae. 
69. He was the son and only child of Capt. 
Adams Bailey, and was born in Scituate, 
Mass., the 28th April, 1789. His father 
was a Captain, and afterwards a Pay- 
master in the Revolutionary Army. 
About the year 1797 he was appointed 
Superintendent of the Marine Hospital, 
which was then in Charlestown, where 
the Navy Yard now is, and the family 
removed to that place when the subject 
of this notice was eight years old. Al- 
though he resided in Charli stown he re- 
ceived his education at the public schools 
in Boston. He remained with his father, 
being employed as an assistant in the 
hospital. At one time he intended to 
study medicine and become a practising 
physician and surgeon, but relinquished 
his purpose, because, as he said, he was 
too tenderhearted to pursue that profes- 
sion. Ju 1815 he was appointed to an 
office in the Boston Custom House, 
where he remained as clerk and after- 
ward- Deputy Collector until 1 s -t 1 , when 
he was removed by Collector Lincoln, 
but was reinstated in 1S4.'J, by Collector 
Rantoul, and continued in office until 
October, 1857, when he was required to 
give place to another who aspired to his 
situation. Thus, with an interval of only 
two years, he was attached to the Boston 
Custom House for a period of forty-two 
years, about half of which time he held 
the office of Deputy Collector. Mr. 
Bailey was a most genial, popular and 
efficient public officer. In his habits of 
promptness, impartiality and politeness, 
he was a model for persons in official 
station. Although politically opposed 
to a great majority of the merchants and 
others who had occasion to meet him at 
the Custom House, yet such was his facil- 
ity in the despatch of business, his suavity 
or* manner, and accommodating disposi- 
tion, that he was universally popular, and 
party asperity never desired his removal 
from the office which he filled so accept- 
ably. He had been for many years the 
Secretary of the Massachusetts Society 
of Cincinnati, and took a deep interest in 
those who were the recipients of the be- 
nevolence of that honored institution. 
In private life his character was without 
a blemish. It was his custom, for many 
vears, after the business of the day was 
past, to take a circuitous walk of about 
seven miles, over Boston neck, through 
Roxbury, Dorchester and South Boston, 
to his place of residence. He was a con- 
stant and devout attendant of divine 
worship on the Sabbath at the First 
Church in this city. In summer or 


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winter, cold or heat, storm or sunshine, 
he never failed to he present both at the 
morning and afternoon services, unless 
detained by sickness or other unavoida- 
ble cause. In his domestic relations he 
was peculiarly happy. As a husband 
and father he was almost idolized. In 
September, 1852, he experienced a severe 
affliction in the death of his beloved wife, 
after a union of uninterrupted happiness 
for thirty-six years. lie has left two 
sons and three daughters to mourn the 
loss of a kind and affectionate father. 
Ballard, Mr. Joseph A., Boston, (tim- 
ber 1. He was born in Boston the 15th 
of August, 1805, and was therefore 53 
years of age at the time <>f his death. 
In early life he entered a- an appren- 
tice in the counting room of M< - 
Win-low & Channing, auctioneers, in 
Kilby street, where he remained about 
two years, when he left, and was em- 
ployed in the Patriot and Chronicle news- 
paper office, Mr. Davis ('. Ballard, of the 
linn of Ballard & Wright, the proprie- 
tors of that paper, being his ancle. Here 
he served ;i- a local reporter, until I - 
when that paper was merged in the Daily 
Advertiser, after which he acted in the 

lame capacity in that office until Sep- 
tember, 1834, when he took charge of the 
ship-news department, which he held un- 
til his death. He was a remarkable 
man in many respects. !! was fa- 
miliar with mercantile matters to a de- 
gree seldom attained by any person. 
lb- added to much intelligence, an in- 
dustry that was untiring and a seal 
for the interest of his employers rarely 
equalled. His marine reports have been 
;^ remarkable for their completeness as 
for their correctness. After disease had 
marked him as its victim, he continued 
to labor, and literally died at his post. 
He was universally respected by the 
members of the press, as well as by the 
entire business community. 

Baknaud, Mr. John, Dorchester, Dec. 3, 
SB, 89 yrs. G mos. ; believed to have been, 
at his decease, the oldest male person in 

Belknap, Bliss Mary, Sterling, 26 Oct., 
SB 62. 

Blake, Mrs. Emily M., Charlestown, Oct. 
10th, SB. 33. She was the wife of Mr. 
Jonathan Blake. 

Blunt, Mrs. Mary, Portland, Sept. 4th, 
relict of the late William Blunt, Esq., 
formerly of Portsmouth, N. H., as. 92. 
She was the eldest daughter of Simeon 
and Margery Fernald of Battery, Me. ; 
.and great-grand-daughter of Rev. John 
and Mary Emerson of Portsmouth, N. 11. 

N. C. 

Braman, Mr. Uzziel, Easthampton, Sept. 

1, x. 81. 
Brigham, Mrs. Lucy, Framingham, Nov. 

19th, ae. 90 yrs and 5 mos. She Avas of 
Marlborough, a relict of Warren Brig- 
ham. Her maiden name was Marble. 

Brigham, Mr. Sylvester, vYestborough. 
Nov. 23, x. 87 yrs. and 10 mos. He 
was highly respected as a worthy, up- 
right, and Christian man. His funeral 
was attended in the Congregational 
Church in Southborough, where he had 
resided many years. Previous to his 
death he was one of six — three brothers 
and three sisters, then living — whose 
united ages amounted to 474 years, it 
being an average of 79 years each. A 
brother had died some years previous, 
whose age was considerably past 80. 

Bright, Mr. John, Waltham, Oct. 9th. 

IB. 79. 
Bi llook, Mr, Isaac S., Salem, Oct. 14th, 

Caput, Rev. Lemuel, South Boston, Aug. 
'i, m. 69 yrs. and 9 mos. ; a descend- 
ant from Barnard and Joan (Purchis) 
Capen, who wire among the early set- 
tlers of Dorchester. He was the son of 
John, Jr. and Patience (Davis) Capen; 
was born in Dorchesl Nov. 25, 1788; 
grad. H. C. 1810 J was ordained j>a>tor 
of the Unitarian Church in Sterling, 
Ma^s., 22d March, 1815, and resigned 
his pastoral charge June 21, 1819. His 
farewell Bermon, delivered on this occa- 
sion, has been twice printed. < Ml t lie 8 I ll 

of Oct, 1827, he was installed over the 
Hawes Place Church in South Bo>ton, 
until 1839, when he resigned. lb was af- 
terwards a minister at large in Baltimore. 
For the last f<\. before his health 

failed, he preached occasionally, supply- 
ing vacant pulpits. Although quite feeble 
in body he attended the Commencenv at 
at Cambridge in July last, being an\ 

to be present, a- he remarked that he had 

attend' d every Commencement at Har- 
vard since he graduated. In 1836 he 
wrote, "Attended Commencement for 
the 35th time, the 33d in succession." 
II was a gentleman of a most amiable 
disposition, and was greatly beloved and 
pected, — a worthy man and devout 
Christian. He was the father of nine 
children, six of whom are living. 

Chandler, Mr. John, Tewksbary, Nov. 
9th, ae. 85; a native of New Ipswich, 
N. II. 

Church, Mr. Charles, Phillips, Me., Nov. 
12th, a3. about 95 ; said to have been a 
descendant of ('apt. Church of King 
Philip renown. He removed, about fifty 
years ago, from Pembroke, in this State, 
to the valley of the Sandy River, in 
Maine, which was then, for the most 
part, a dense wilderness. 

Cleaveland, Professor Parker, Bruns- 
wick, Me., Oct. 15th, a3. 79. Pie was a 
native of the County of Essex in Massa- 
chusetts, the son of Dr. Cleaveland of 


Marriages and Deaths. 


Byfield, and graduated at Harvard Col- 
lege in 1799. After Leaving College he 
engaged in school keeping for two or 
three years at Haverhill and York. In 
ISO.'} he was appointed Tutor in Harvard 
College, and continued to discharge the 
duties of that office until his appoint- 
ment in 1805 as Professor of Mathemat- 
ics and Natural Philosophy in Bowdoin 
College, then recently established, hav- 
ing been in operation but a single year. 
The duties of this professorship, together 
with those of Lecturer on Mineralogy, 
he faithfully discharged until 1828, when 
it was deemed expedient to Beparate the 
departments of Mathematics and Natural 
Philosophy, and establish a distinct pro- 
fessorship of Chemistry and Mineralogy. 
Mr. Smyth, the distinguished Professor 
of Mathematics, was raised to that de- 
partment, and Mr. Cleaveland was in- 
stalled in the new Professorship of 
Chemistry, Mineralogy and Natural 
Philosophy. This position he occupied 

to the hour of his death, with a world- 
wide fame, and a success seldom at- 
tained by a scientific instructor. He has 
thus been connected with the College 
the unprecedented period of fifty-three 
years, identified with its history and its 
life, during which he has devoted the 
whole powers of his mind and the energy 
of his body to the advancement of his 
favorite studies. And it is not claiming 
too much for him to say, that no man in 
the country has done more to inspire a 
passion and create an extensive interest 
and knowledge of the details of the 
sciences which he has taught than Mr. 
Cleaveland. The pupils of no college 
have taken a greater interest in Mineral- 
ogy and Chemistry, or are more fre- 
quently met in scientific explorations, 
than those of the excellent institution 
whoso usefulness and reputation he has 
done so much to promote. The more 
than loot) pupils living, of the 1300 
graduates of the college, will rise up 
with one accord and hie-- his name and 
memory. His large and copious work 
on Mineralogy, published about 35 years 
ago, was among the first and best then 
published; it had a wide circulation 
abroad as well as at home, and did much 
to awaken attention to the subject and 
promote a knowledge of it. lie had con- 
templated for a long time a new and 
enlarged edition of this work, hut his 
eye-si'L r ht, which had failed by incessant 
application, denied him the honor, and 
the world the henefit of his increased 
learning and experience, from the pro- 
posed work. 

Prof. Cleaveland's wife was Martha 
Bush, of Cambridge, Mass., by whom 
he had two sons and three daughters; 
Martha, one of the daughters, married 

the Hon. Peleg W. Chandler of Boston. 
Mrs. Cleaveland died ahout five years 

Prof. Cleaveland received the degree 
of LL.D. from Bowdoin in 1824, was 
elected a member of the American Acad- 
emy of Arts and Sciences, was also 
chosen a Fellow of the Wernerian So- 
ciety of Edinburgh, the Mineralogical 
Societies of Dresden and Sr. Petersburg, 
and the Geological Society of London. 
He was also many years Corresponding 
Secretary of the Maine Historical So- 
ciety. w. w. 

Coolby, Dr. Abial A., Hartford, Conn., 
Aug. 18th, SB. 7G ; the inventor, it is 
said, of friction matches. 

Dean, Mis. Martha, South Danvers, Oct. 
5th, a\ 25 yrs 4 mos. She was the wire 
of Mr. William Dean. 

DEXTER, Mr. Benjamin, Orange, Sept. 
isth, a'. 83. 

Dow, .Mr. John, Haverhill, Oct. 2, a-. 79. 

Drake, Mr. Jacob A., Tyngsborough, 
Sept. 5th, a'. '22. 

Emerson, Henry, Esq., Cincinnati, Sept. 
27th, a\ 62. He was a distinguished 
merchant of that city, and a native of 
Haverhill, Ma — . 

Bmmes, Samuel, Esq., Rockport, Aug. 
16th; very suddenly, of heart disease. 
The deceased was horn in Boston, Dee. 
.'5, 1796. He was a member of the Com- 
mon Council in 1839, '40, '41 and '42, 
and was highly esteemed by his asso- 
ciate- and fellow-citizens. As a mer- 
chant he was widely known for his intel- 
ligence and probity. 

Emmons, Mr. Henry, Boston, Sept. 22, ae. 
B8 yrs. :> mos. He was one of the eldest, 
if not the senior printer in Boston. He 
is reported never to have tasted ardent 
spirits nor used tobacco. For the last 
forty years he had not used tea nor coffee, 
but was a consistent cold-water man. — 
Transcript, Sept. 30. 

Farrar, Dr. George, Derry, N. II., Sept. 
15, sr. 80. 

Ferguson, Rev. John, Whately, Nov. 11, 
». 70. 

Vl.u.c, Chandler, M. D., Marhlehead, 
Sept. 10, iv. 77 : a highly esteemed phy- 
sician of that town. He came in from 
his garden, and, after being seated a few 
moments on the sofa, fell back and im- 
mediately expired, as is supposed, of 
disease of the heart. 

Fletcher, Samuel, Esq., Concord, N. H., 
Sept. 30, in the 73d year of his age. He 
was Plymouth, N. H., July 31, 1785. 
He grad. at Dartmouth College, in the 
classTot" 1810; studied law with the late 
Samuel Green, Esq., afterwards a Judge 
upon the hench of the Superior Court; 
was sometime Preceptor of Gilmanton 
Academy, hut entered upon the practice 
of his profession in Concord, about 1815, 


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and continued in its successful pursuit 
until 1842, when, having been chosen 
Treasurer of the Theological Institution 
and Phillips Academy, at Andover, Ms., 
he removed thither, and remained until 
1850, when he returned to Concord. 

Mr. Fletcher was man? Tears a Trus- 
tee of Dartmouth ( lollege, which position 
lie held until his death. He had repre- 
sented Concord in the Legislature. 
Fb \ncis, Ebenezcr, Esq., Boston, Sept 21 . 
He was a descendant, in the fourth gen- 

ition, from Richard and Alice Francis, 
of Cambridge. Tin second son of said 
Richard, was John," horn Jan. 4. [( 
m. Lydia ( 'ooper, Jan. .">, l r, - s ; she died 
Aug. 24, L725, he d< ceaa d Jan. •';. i 
The youngest son of John,- wa 

, ;; bom Manli 25, 1 708, w ho m. n idow 
Rachel Tufts, v ind died 

July 26, 1774. (The maiden name of 
the said Rachel, was Whitmore; she m. 
Ebenct* r Tufts, F< b. 17, 1731 

er,* the eldest son <>f EbenezeH and 
Rachel, was born 1 N c, 22, 1744 If 
m. Judith W< n ■!. Jan. 2, i 766, | born 
Aug. 26, 1749.) I'.!" in/, i ' . i onel 
in the Revolution. He \\a^ lulled in the 
battle of Hubbardstown, near Ti< ondero- 
ga, in July, 1777. Hi- onli son, Ebene- 
zcr, r ' the subject of this notice, \\;is horn 

at Beverly, Ms., October 15, 177.*>. and 

at hi- death was then fore nearly - 
of age. " lie cami to B n in Jam, 
1787, a poor boy, and obtained a situa- 
tion in tin- counting room of the late Jon- 
athan Harris, with whom he was subse- 
quently several years connected in busi- 
Ilc roarrii d Elizabeth, (horn July 
B, l 7 7-, died June Idest 

daughter of Col. Israel Thorndike, then 
of Beverly. Of seven children of this 
marriage, five have died without issue; 
the two Burvivors an' the wives ><\' N. I. 
Bowditch and Robert M. Mason, Esqrs. 

Mr. Francis was for » reral 
Chairman of the Trustees and President 
of the Massachusetts General Hospital, 
and to none more than to him was that 
institution indebted in its early days, his 
energy and good judgment having been 
of the utmost importance to its 
ful establishment. As President of the 
Suffolk Bank, he originated the system 
known as the " Suffolk Bank System," 
■which has proved bo efficient a means of 
securing to our community a sound paper 
currency. He was President of tin 
checo Manufacturing Company, and for 
a lout: term of years a director in various 
insurance companies and many corpora- 

As Treasurer of Harvard College, he 
introduced order and system, where, be- 
fore, there had been a great want of 
method and exactness ; and on his re- 
tirement, a very elegant piece of plate 

was presented to him, on which is re- 
corded the high Bense which the cor- 
poration entertained of his financial 
ability, and the great value which they 
attached to his >.i aloiis und gratuitous 

Mr. Francis was for many yean Bil- 
ged in active mercantile pursuits, and 
in all his transactions was distinguished 
for the strictest integrity and for great 
intelligence. lie was largely concerned 
with the late Uriah Cotting, Esq. in 
many of hi- real estate transact! 
Thus the whole title to Central Wharf 
is derived through Mr. Francis. 11 
eminently successful in business, and is 
believed to have left the largest estate 
ever accumulated in Nev England. His 

pOS8( Ssionfl mated to he from 

three and a hall" to four millions of dol- 
lar-.*'— / ipt. 

Bareillai, Concord, I 1 
SB. 54. He was born in Effingham, N. II., 

June Is. I - , I 11 ( WIS 

ordained colleague with R I Rip- 
h j . 1 > D., over the Unitarian church 
and Society in < tancord, Feb. 1 , i 

Ripley died Sept. 21, 1841, at the. 
of 90 years, and Mr. Frost continued 
in dis< ! hi- duties as pastor until 

the autumn of 1855, when, on account 
affection of the Inn--, he was 
obligi d to relinquish hi- sen i< es He 
made two \i-it-. to the vYesl Indies in 
185C, in pursuit of health, and arrived 
home in the latter part of June, I 

health continuing feeble, he was 
obliged to ask a dismission from his 
pastoral charge, which was reluctantly 

:itt d. and that relation to his |" ople 

closed on the 3d of October. In August 
last In- reached home, in a prostrated con- 
dition, from a visit to Fayal. Through 
Orable treatment he in a measure ral- 
lied, and hi- strength improved. At 

length ' iter, and after a lin- 

: mg illness expired. 

Mr. Frost married, June 1, 1887, 
Elmira Stone, young* st daughter of .Mr. 
Daniel and Mrs. Sally (Buckminster) 
ramingham. They had four 
childn n, one of v. hom survn es ; a grad- 
uate of Harvard College, at the last 
(iiri.-. Mr. Simeon, West Roxbury, Oct 

It',, 89. 77. He died Midden. 
Oilman. Rev. Josiah, Lynn, Nov. l, 

60 yrs. 1 1 mos. 
Goodalb, Dea-on David, Marlborough, 

Oct. 17, SB. 67 yrs. 6 mo.-. 17 days; -on 
of Deacon Ahner and Molly Goodale. 
Deacon Goodale was a prominent citi- 
zen, and influential in church and town 
affairs. He twice represented the town 
in the Legislature, and was generally 
moderator of the meetings of the town. 
Hagar, Mr., William, Marlhorouyh, June 


Marriages n,i<l Deaths. 


1 1 , OB. 84. I Le was a son of William 
and Surah I [agar. 

Hall, Mrs. Rebecca, Harlem, Nov. 22d, 
ae. 98 yrs. 2 mos. 1 1 days. She was 
formerl} of < > ster Bay. 

Harris, Mr. Bates, Providence, K. L, 
Sept. 20th, in his 86th year. 

JI lrris, Stephen, Pkm idence, R. I., < >ct. 
10th, ae. 72. Dr. Harris was born in 
Johnston, R. I. in 1786 j entered Brown 
University, then R. I. ( lollege, w here he 
remained, bul did not graduate on ac- 
count uf the death of his father. He 
studied medicine with Dr. Caleb Fiske, 
an eminenl practitioner— completed hi> 

education at Darti th College, and 

commenced tin' practice of his profession. 
He Boon relinquished it, on account of 
feeble health, but subsequently ent< r< d 
tin' business of cotton manufacturer. In 
connection with the late James < Ireene, 
R solved Waterman, and others, he 
formed the < lre< nc Manufacturing ( !om- 
pany, al River Point — afterward became 
Bole proprietor. At his death la- \\a- 
one of the largest manufacturers in the 
Stat'' of Rhode [sland. I [e « is one of 
the founders of the K. I. Medical So- 
ciety ; but only three of his associates, it 
is believed, Bun ive him. 

Harris, Hon. Thomas L., Petersburg, 
111., Nov. 24th, a?. 42. He was born in 
Norwich, ( 'onn., educated at Trinity 
( lollege, Hartford, had hern a resident 
of Illinois for sixt< en years. His mother 
was Henrietta Blake, only child of Henry 
Blake, who died at Keene, N. II., in 
1 795 : at the time of his decease the 
publisher of the "Columbian Informer," 
a newspaper in that place. His great- 
grandfather, it is supposed, was William 
Blake, who married Dorcas Ward, and 
lived in Dorchester prior to the Revolu- 
tion. She died at Litchfield, Conn, some 
eighteen years ago, at an advanced age. 

Mr. Harris held the office of a colonel 

in the Mexican war, being the com- 
mander of a regiment of Illinois volun- 
teers. llt v was first eleeted a represent- 
ative to Congress from the Springfield 
district, in 1848 — again in 1854, and for 
a third time about a month .since, by a 
majority about 2000 greater than that of 
his previous election. During all the 
last session of Congress, when he shone 
conspicuous for his eloquence and genius, 
he was struggling with that fatal disease, 
consumption, that has finally mastered 
him. He was a patriot of the most ele- 
vated type, wdio risked everything for 
principle ; a gentleman without reproach; 
a finished debater, and one of the most 
gallant soldiers that ever faced a foe. 
His death is a national loss. 
Harthax, Sarah, West Boylston, Sept. 
8th, in the 96th year of her age. She 
was born Jan. 19, 1703. During the first 

half of her life Bhe resided successively 
in Lancaster, Sterling, Boylston and 
West Boylston, without changing her 
residence or leaving the place of her 


II \s| [N08, Thomas, Amherst, <>et. n, ce. 
76. His descent from Thomas Hastings 

of W'.iii rtOM n i- as follows : — 

Thomas Hastings, aged 2'.', sailed for 
New England, " tic last of April 163 i, 
in the Elizabeth of Ipswich, Eng , and 

ttled in Watertown. He was admitted 
ai. in .May G, it'):;."), and was select- 
man, town clerk, repres* ntative and dea- 
con. He made nu will, March 12, 
1682-3, which was prosed Sept. 7, 1685. 

Married (l), Susanna , who died 

without issue, Feb. 2,1650, ae. about 41; 
in. (_'), April, 1651, Margaret ( Iheney. 

Thomas Hastings, son of Thomas, b. 
July l, 1652; was a physician at Hat- 
field, where he was admitted freeman 
Feb. B, 1678, and died Jul) 23, 1712, bb. 
60 : in. (I i. < >ct. l". 1672, Anna Hawks 
of Hadlej . who d 5, 1705 ; m. 

(•J), Feb. 14, 1] Mary Burt, dau. 

of 1 ».i\ id of Northampton. 

/ /. lings, son of Dr. Thomas, 

b. in Hatfield, Sept. 24, 1679 ; was a 
physician in Hatfield, where he d. April 
l i," 1728, .e. 48 ; m., March 6, 1701, 
Man Fit Id, dan. of John of Hatfield. 

/ mas Hast n is, son of 1 h. Thomas, 
Jr., h. in Hatfield, dan. 28, 1720-1 ; re- 
Bided in Hatfield until about 1653, when 
he removed to Amherst, where he d. Jan. 

. I 787, a . 66 ; m. Mary Belden, b. 
1723, dan. of Joseph of Hatfield. She 
d. July 31, 1801. 

/ nas Hastings, Bon of Thomas, b. 
in Hatfield, May jo, i ; jr, : resided in- 
Amherst, where he d. dan. 22, 1827, ae. 

: m. Hannah Billings, b. Teh. 15, 
l : »'.i, dan. of Dea. John oi Amherst. 
She d. Oct. 5, 1 B23, a'. 74 

/ mas Hastings, son of Thomas, b. 
in Amherst, Feb. 6, 1782; d. in Amherst, 
Oct. 11, 1858; m., Nov. 1,1803, Eunice 
Clark, dan. of Simeon of Amherst, who 
sun ives him. l. m. b. 

II LWKINS, Mr. John II. W., Aug. 20, ae. 
01. He was horn in Baltimore, Sept. 
28, 17'.»7. For seventeen years Mr. H. 
had been an unwavering and indefatiga- 
ble advocate of the temperance cause. 
HATES, Oliver Bliss, Esq., Nashville, 
Tenn., Nov. 1st, in the 70th year of his 
age. Mr. Haves was a native of South 
Hadley, Mass., and removed to Nash- 
ville in the early part of the year 1808, 
having resided in Baltimore a short time 
. previously. He was an eminent lawyer, 
and at the time of his death was the 
oldest member of the Nashville bar. He 
was a son of the late Eev. Joel Hayes, 
who ministered to the people of South 
Hadley for more than forty years. 


Marriages and Deaths. 


Hobart, Hon. Aaron, East Bridgewatcr, 
Sept. 19th, se. 71. He was born in Ab- 
ington, June 26, 1787 ; grad. at Brown 
University in 1805; became distinguished 
in his profession, as a lawyer ; has been 
a State senator, representative to Con- 
gress, a member of the executive coun- 
cil, &c. ; was appointed judge of probate 
for the County of Plymouth, which office 
he held until it was abolished, on the 
26th of March last, by the act of the 
legislature changing the jurisdiction in 
matters of probate and of insolvency. 
Houbs, Prentiss, Esq., Brighton, Aug. 
28th, as. 68. He was formerly a mer- 
chant in Boston. 
Humphrey, Rev. Aaron, Bcloit, Wis., 
10th Oct., as. 88 years. Mr. H. com- 
menced his ministerial labors in the 
Methodist church, but was ordained, 
subsequently, as an Episcopal clergy- 
Ingram, Zacchens Crocker, Amherst, Oct. 
22, a\ 77. The line of his descent from 
John Ingram of Hadley is as follows: — 

John Ingram, b. about 1642, an early 
settler of Hadley, died in that town 
June 26, 1722, a3.*80. Married Elizabeth 
, who d. in Hadley Nov. 20, 1684. 

John Ingram, son of John, born in 
Hadley, June 29, 1666 ; removed, as 
early as 1731, to East Hadley (Amherst), 
being one of the earliest settlers ; m., 
June 26, 16S9, Mehitable Dickinson, dan. 
of John and Frances (Foot) Dickinson 
of Hatfield. 

John Ingram, son of John, born in 
Hadley, Jan. 9, 1692; removed to Am- 
herst, as early as 17:51, where he d. Nov. 
11, 1737, ae. 45; m., June 29, 1719, 
Lydia Boltwood, b. in Hadley, Oct. 1696, 
dau. of Sergt. Samuel and Sarah (Lewis) 
Boltwood. She died about 1779. 

Samuel Ingram, son of John, born in 
Hadley, Dec. 18, 1720; resided in Am- 
herst, where he died about 1770 ; m ( 1 ), 
Oct. 21,1740, Abigail Dickinson, dau. 
of Dea. Ebenezer and Sarah (Kellogg) 
Dickinson. She died in Amherst about 
1749; m. (2), July 11, 1751, Mary Bolt- 
wood, b. in Hadley, July 19, 1733, dau. 
of Solomon and Mary (Norton) Bolt- 
wood. She died about 1780. 

John Ingram, son of Samuel, baptized 
April 15, 1755 ; resided in Amherst, 
where he d. Sept. 10, 1835, ae. 80; m. 
Susannah Crocker, born Aug. 31, 1761, 
dau. of Zacchens. She died June 28, 
1822, ae 60. 

Zacchens Crocker Ingram, son of 
John, born in Amherst, Sept. 17, 1781 ; 
d. Oct. 22, 1858; m. (1), Oct. 16, 1806, 
Sally Hastings o/ Amherst, dau. of 
Moses and Elizabeth; m. (2), Mrs. An- 
uis Smith of Hadley, widow of Chester 
Smith and dau. of Joel and Deborah 
Wait of Whatelv, L, M. b. 

Jay, Judge William, Bedford, Westchester 
Co., N. Y., Oct. 14th, in the 70th year 
of his age. He was the second son of 
Chief Justice John Jay of Revolutionary 
fame, and was born at New York on the 
16th June, 1789. He graduated at Yale 
College in 1807 He was distinguished 
as an advocate of Sunday schools, tem- 
perance and peace, and was long the 
President of the American Peace So- 
ciety, for which he wrote several ad- 
dresses, and which, at its last anniversary 
meeting, refused to accept his resigna-* 
tion. In public life he was one of the 
purest and most conscientious men of 
the country, abhorring the very shadow 
of indiscretion, lie was an able judge, 
and in his private character a model of 
personal excellence. 

Jknks, Mr. William, Springfield, Sept. 
22d, Be. 77. 

Johnson, Mr. Isaac, Worthington, Oct. 
6th, a\ 86. 

Johnson, Mr. Hollis, Marlboro', Nov. 2d, 
aged 84 years wanting 21 days. 

JOHONNOT, Mrs. Mary B,, Windsor, Vt., 
May 29th, a\ 84 ; relict of William 
Johonnot, Esq, 

KELLOGG, Horace, Amherst, Oct. 4, ae. 67. 
His descent from Lt. Joseph Kellogg of 
Farmington, Boston and Hadley is as 
follows : — 

Lt. Joseph Kellogg joined Farmington 
church Oct. 9, 1653. His will was dated 
at Hadley, 1707, and his inventory taken 

Feb. 4, 1708; m. (1), Joannah , 

who d. in Hadley, Sept. 14, 1666; m. 
(2), May 9, 1667,' Abigail Terry, b. in 
Simsbury, Ct., Sept. 21, 1646, dau. of 
Stephen T. of Dorchester, Windsor and 
Simsbury. She was living in 1715. 

Nathan id Kellogg, son of Lt. Joseph, 
was b. in Hadley, Oct. 8, 1669; resided 
for many years in Hadley, whence, prior 
to Nov. 7, 1739, he removed to Amherst, 
where he d. Oct. 30, 1750, ae. 80; m., 
June 28, 1692, Sarah Boltwood, b. Oct. 
1, 1672, dau. of Sergt. Samuel of Had- 

Nathaniel Kellogg, son of Nathaniel, 
was b. in Hadley, Sept. 22. 1693, and 
was a distinguished surveyor in Hadley, 
where he d. Aug. 6, 1770, ae. 77 ; m. (1), 
March 4, 1714,'Sarah Preston; m. (2), 
1758, Mrs. Martha Hammond of Hard- 
wick, dau. of Ichabod Allis of Hatfield ; 
m. (3), 1765, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith of 
Ware, who survived him. 

Moses Kellogg, son of Nathaniel, was 
b. in Hadley about 1733; resided in 
Hadley, where he d. May 28, 1815, ae. 
82; m., April 3,1758, Mary Sheldon 
of Sheffield, who died Dec. 22, 1812, 
ae. 75. 

Benjamin Kellogg, son of Moses, was 
b. in Hadlev about 1763, and there d. 
July 25, 1811, ae. 48; m., Dec. 11,1788, 


Marriages and Deaths. 


Patty Smith, dau. of Wareham of Had- 
ley. She d. Nov. 20, 1835. 

Horace Kellogg, son of Benjamin, was 
b. in Hadley, Sept. 16, 1791 ; resided 
for some years in Hadley, whence he 
removed to Amherst, where lie d. Oct. 
4, 1858. He m. Almira Smith, dau. of 
Joel of Leverett, Amherst and South 
Deerfield, who survives him. l. m. b. 

Kilbourn, Homer, Esq., Milton, Litch- 
field Co., Conn., Oct. 29th, in the 40th 
year of his age. Bred to the mercantile 
profession, he established himself in busi- 
ness in Milton in 1844, and two years 
later, at the age of 27 years, he was 
appointed by the legislature one of the 
justices of the peace for the county of 
Litchfield, a post to which he was subse- 
quently reappointed. At the time of his 
decease, he was a member of the board 
of civil authority, and post master. He 
was a popular and enterprising man, 
and his death is deeply felt in the com- 
munity in which he lived. His funeral 
was one of the largest ever attended in 
Milton. A sermon on the occasion was 
preached in the Congregational church 
by the Rev. J. R. Williams, rector of the 
Episcopal church in the village, and im- 
pressive remarks were made by the llev. 
Mr. Harrison of the Congregational 
church. Mr. K. was a son of Norman 
Kilbourn of Litchfield, the son of Jacob, 
the son of Jesse, the son of Abraham, 
the son of Abraham, the son of John, 
the son of Thomas — the emigrant from 
Cambridgeshire, Eng. in 1635. 

The deceased was the proprietor of 
" The Kilbourn House," (the only hotel 
in Milton,) in which the last annual 
meeting of " The Kilbourn Historical 
and Genealogical Society " was held, 
Dec. 31, 1857. p. k. k. 

Kilbourne, Myron, Esq., Baltimore, 
Henry Co., Iowa, March 7th, se. 56 ; a 
native of Litchfield, Ct. He graduated 
at Hamilton College in 1823; was a 
pioneer of Henry County, and one of its 
earliest magistrates and most valued 
citizens. He was a son of Whitman, 
who was a son of Solomon, who was a 
son of Capt. Joseph, who was a son of 
Joseph, who was a son of John Kil- 
bourne, who emigrated to Connecticut 
from Cambridgeshire, Eng. in 1635. k. 

Lane, Martin, Esq., Cambridgeport, Oct. 
16th, a). 73. He was a native of North- 
ampton ; a descendant of William Lane, 
who came to Dorchester in 1635. Wil- 
liam 1 had two sons, George 2 and An- 
drew, 2 who settled early in Hingham. 

Andrew 2 m. Triphene , and had 

seven children. One of these, John, 3 
bap. in Norton, June 30, 1648, m. Me- 
hitable Hobart of Hingham ; their son, 
Samuel, 4 b. in Hingham, March 16, 
1678j had wife Bethiah, and d. in Attle- 

boro', Dec. 7, 1725; Samuel 4 had a son 
Ebenezer, 5 b. in Dorchester, April 17, 
1713, who m. Bethiah Shaw, Jan. 1, 
1735, and d. in 1791 ; Ebenezer 5 had a 
son Ebenezer, 6 b. Feb. 10, 1747, who, 
by his second wife, Martha (Phelps), 
had two children. One of these, Mar- 
tin, 7 is the subject of this notice. 

Mr. Lane was for nearly thirty years 
cashier of the Cambridge Bank. He was 
much respected for his integrity and 
simplicity of character. He Avas a half 
brother of Hon. Ebenezer Lane, the 
former chief justice of Ohio. 

Leland, Joseph W., Esq., Saco, Me., 
Sept. 7, &. 53. He was county attorney 
in 1837, '39, '40, and '46 to '49. 

Leland, Mrs. Hannah, Warwick, Oct. 
21st, ae. 84. 

Lovell, Mr. David, Marshpee, Sept. 10th, 
£e. 85. 

Lovell, Kev. Stephen, Boston, Sept. 29th, 
ae. 59. He was a Methodist preacher; 
was for a number of years assistant ed- 
itor of the Boston Olive Branch, to which 
paper he contributed many articles of an 
interesting character. 

Marsh, Mr. James, Plymouth, Ct., May 
25, ae. 95 yrs. 8 mos. 3 days. He was a 
son of Roger Marsh, Esq. and Lucy 
Kilbourn, his wife, and was born in 
Litchfield, Ct., Sept. 22, 1762, and con- 
tinued to reside in that town until a few 
years previous to his decease. k. 

Masox, Mr. Elisha, Litchfield, Ct., June 
1st, in the 100th year of his age. He 
was born in Litchfield, April 5, 1759, 
and, at the time of his decease, was the 
last of the Revolutionary pensioners in 
his native town. Not long since, he 
stated to the writer of this paragraph, 
that, on being discharged from the public 
service at or near the Highlands, on the 
Hudson, he was paid off in Continental 
money, and started for home on foot. 
Reaching Danbury at evening, he re- 
mained there over night, and in the 
morning tendered his money in payment 
for his bill, which was refused. He 
finally offered the landlord forty dollars 
for his keeping, which was rejected, and 
he, as a last resort, pawned his rifle in 
payment of the debt ! In this way were 
thousands of the soldiers of the Revolu- 
tion rewarded for their services. 

Mr. Mason married Lucretia Webster 
(a descendant of Gov. Webster), Jan. 5, 
1785, with whom he lived sixty-eight 
years — she having died in 1853. They 
were the parents of twelve children, six 
of whom survived him. One of the 
sons, Rev. Stephen Mason, graduated at 
Williams College, and was for several 
years pastor of the Congregational church 
in Washington, Ct., but is now a resident 
of Michigan. The late Ebenezer Porter 
Mason, one of the most remarkable 


Marriages and Deaths. 


astronomers and mathematicians of the 
age, mhI whose memoirs were published 
by l\of. Olmsted of Yale College, was 
a'son of the Rev. Stephen Mason, and 
a grandson of the subject of this sketch. 
Mr. Mason (the centenarian) was a 
highly esteemed citizen, a member of the 
first church in Litchfield, and held re- 
spectable offices in the town. He was a 
son of Joseph, Jr., and grandson of Jo- 
se] ih Mason, an original proprietor of 
Litchfield in 17^0. Mrs. Mary Mason, 
his grandmother, died in 1787, in her 
95th year. K. 

d. Dec. 18, 1847. Mrs. M. was of the 
Andover family of Tyler in the fifth 
generation. — 1. Job Tyler of Andover, 
Mass., the immigrant ancestor, b. 1619, 

was living in 17(H); m. Mary . 2. 

Samuel T. of Mendon ; m. Hannah 

3. EbenezerT. of Attleboro'; m. Cath- 
erine Brag. 4. William Tyler of Provi- 
dence, lv. J., youngest of nine children,; 
m. Mehitable, dan. iA' Joseph and Me- 
hitable Potter of Providence. 5. Pbila 

Benson, youngest of fifteen children. 
Only one of that generation is known 

to survive Mrs. Merry. w. t. 

Merriam, Mr. Ebenezer, West Brookfield, Moultof, Capt. William, Boston, Nov. 

Oct. 1st, ae. 81 
publican says 

The Springfield Re- 

7th, ae. B4 yrs. 3 mos. He was formerly 

of Hamilton. His death was sadden. 

" Mr. Merriam commenced as an ap- Oliver, Francis J., Esq., Middletown, 
prentice to Isaiah Thomas, at Worcester, (t., Aug. 21st, ae. BO yrs. 10 mos. 
in 1 790, when only about thirteen years Osborn, Rev. Ethan, Fairfield, X. J., 

of age, and after remaining there until 
1796, he went to Boston for a few 
months. Then, under the patronage of 
Mr. Thomas, he established himsen at 
Brookfield (now West Brookfield), at 
thai time an important centre, and com- 
menced, in 1797. the publication of the 
' Massachusetts Repository and Farmers' 
Journal,' the Spy being the only other 
paper printed in the county. 

"The ' Repository' was continued for 
three years, being printed on the pre-- 
formerly used by Benjamin Franklin ; 
but for want of sufficient patronage, Mr. 

Merriam gave up it- further publication, 

and in 1800 supplied his office with the 
necessary material for doing book and 
job printing. In this business he was 
now assisted by a brother (the father of 
the Messrs. George and Charles Merriam 
of Springfield), and for fifty-one years 
the office was continued without change. 
and with almost uninterrupted pros- 
perity. Mr. Merriam's business was for 
many years the publication of such books 
a- Danfbrd's and Eustis's Reports, Chit- 
Pleadings, ChittyV Criminal Law, 
&C., of each of which there were several 
editions. He also printed many of the 
New York Reports for the New York PiCKARD, Rev. John H., Caswell Co., 
booksellers, Connecticut Reports for the X. C, Sept. 11th, ae. 76. 
publishers, Saunders' Reports, with va- Pitkin, Bey. Solomon Dwight, Wood- 

M :\ l-t, in the 100th \ear of his age. 

He was born in Litchfield, Ct., Aug. 21, 
1758, and in L 7 76 was in t ho Revolution- 
ary service as a soldier in Capt. B< zal< el 
be's company. Graduating at Dart- 
mouth College in 1784, he was five 

years subsequently ordained as pastor 

the Congregational church in Fair- 

tield, and remained in charge of that 

parish for fifty-four years. During this 

iod, he admitted to hi- church 800 
members ; married 7<><i couples ; at- 
tended 1500 funerals; baptized 11-40 
persons, and preached 10,164 sermons. 
It i- mentioned a- a singular fact, that 
Mr. Thomas Bateman, who was sexton 
Of the parish for Over half a century, 
■ 1 by the Bide of hi- pastor at the 
burial of more than 1200 or their fellow- 
beings ! 

Mr. Osborn preached his last sermon 
in 1855, when in his 97th year. He 
attended chureh for the last time, Jan. 

24, 1858, when he addressed the audi- 
ence in an appropriate manner, and 
made the concluding prayer. He was 
then 99 years and 5 months old. He 
was a son of Capt. John Osborn, who 
died in Litchfield at the age of 87. K. 

rious other law books. In the years 
1814 and '15, before stereotyping came 
into vogue, he printed twelve thousand 
octavo Bibles, putting eighteen hundred 

reams of paper into the edition. The I 
average number of boys in his office was 
about eight, and the whole number who 

bridge, N. J , Sept. 30th, ae. 36. He 

was a son of the late Solomon Pitkin 
of Amherst, Mass , and a graduate of 
Amherst College in the class of 1843. 
For nine years he was pa-tor of the 
Presbyterian church in Battle Creek, 


went through a regular apprenticeship Poxu, Mr. Samuel, Needham, Oct. 2d, 

was some sixty-two. Only about half of 
these are now living, and they are widely 
scattered throughout the country." 
Merry, Mrs. Phila Benson, Pawtucket, 
R. I., Sept. 9th, ae. 71. She was born in 
Providence, R. I., Dec. 31, 1787 ; m. 
Mr. Barney Merry, Oct. 12, 1807, who 

ae. 94 yrs. 5 mos. He was formerly of 

Post, Rev. Reuben, D. P., Charleston, 
S. C, Sept. 24th, ae. 67. He was a 
pastor of the Circular (Presb.) church. 

Parsons, Mr. Albert H., Boston, Nov. 
18th, suddenly, of heart disease, ae. 20. 


Marriages and Deaths. 


He was descended from Jeffrey Parsons 
of Gloucester, as follows : — 

Jeffrey Parsons = Sarah Vinson, 

m. Nov. 11, 1657, 
d Aug. VJ, 1689. 

d. Jan. 12, 1708 

Jeffrey, = Abigail Yomi<j!ove, 
b. Jan. 81, 1661. m. May 5, 1686. 

Jonathan = Lydia Stanwood, 
b. Feb 8, 1687. m. Feb 6, 1711. 

James = Abigail Tarr, 
b. Feb. 15, 1722. m. Nov. 8, 1744. 

James =p Deborah Lane, 
b. Oct. 25, 1746. m Nov. 28, 1767. 

William = Martha Pool. 

b. Mar. 27, 17,'!<), 
m. Sept. 7. 1803, 
d. Nov. 1823, 

I). Dec. 18, 1 71.3. 
d. May 14, 1851. 

William = Georgiana-HrackcU 
m. Dec. 10, 1834. Messer. 

b. May 23, 1838 j d. Nov. 18, 1853. 

Rantoul, lion. Robert, Beverly, Oct. 24. 
lie was born at Salem, Nov. 23, 177s, 
and was consequently in the 80th year 
of his age. lie has been prominently 
before the public during the past half 
century, having first served in the legis- 
lature in 1809. He was a member of 
the constitutional convention in 1820, 
and again in 1855, and has acceptably 
filled various public trusts during a long, 
active and useful life, lie was the father 
of the late Hon. Robert Rantoul, Jr. 
He was a warm friend of peace, tem- 
perance, education and freedom, and 
took deep interest in public affairs to the 
day of his death. 

Robinson, Miss Ellen Elizabeth, Dor- 
chester, Sept. 12th, ae. 22 yrs. 5 mos. 
She was the eldest daughter of Mr. John 
Howe Robinson. 

Robinson, Mrs Hannah, Dorchester, Nov. 
4th, ae. 77 ; widow of the late Stephen 
Robinson. She was a dau. of Deacon 
Ebenezer Withington. 

Sargent, Mr. Benjamin, Dunham, Cana- 
da East, Sept. 14th, ae. 68; formerly of 
Brighton, Mass. 

Saw t yer, Rev. John, Bangor, Oct. 14th, 
ac. 103 yrs. 5 days. He was born at 
Hebron, Ct., Oct. 9, 1755 ; was probably 
the oldest clergyman in the U. States. 
At the age of 22 he entered the army, 
and was present at the capture of Bur- 

goyne. In 1785 he graduated at Dart- 
mouth. Two years afterwards he settled 
in Oxford, N. II., where he remained 
until 17'.l.*>. For the past half century 
his field of labor has been in Bangor and 
vicinity. He was one of the founders 
of the Bangor Theological Seminary. 

Sawyer, Henderson J., WiUimantic, Ct., 
Nov. 4th, ae. 45. He was of Hartford, 
formerly of Boston. 

SHATTUCK, Mrs. Sarah Edwards, Con- 
cord, Aug. 30th, ae. G4 ; wife of Hon. 
Daniel Slialtuek. 

Sibley, Col. Samuel, Savannah, Geo., 
Nov. 19. He Mas a native of New Jer- 
sey — removed to Florida some twenty 
years ago, where he was proprietor and 
editor of a paper called the Tallahassee 
I loridan. He had been a citizen of 
Savannah for the past ten years — was 
for a time editor and proprietor of the 
Savannah Georgian. 

Smallcorn, Capt. John, Barrington, N. 
H., Sept. 28, a_\ 86. He died very sud- 

Sullivan, Mr. John Henry, Milwaukee, 
Aug. 27, SB. 2G. He was born in Dor- 
chester (where his parents were tempo- 
rarily residing) October 30, 1832, tliG 
only son of John W. Sullivan, Esq. of 
Bo-ton. He entered the Boston Latin 
School when but nine years old; com- 
pleted hi> preparation for college at An- 
dover, and graduated at Harvard in 1853. 
After completing his legal studies, he 
went to Clinton, Iowa, but soon removed 
to Chicago. Relinquishing the practice 
of his profession, he entered the Com- 
mercial Agency Office of B. Douglas & 
Co., and las', spring went to superintend 
the Milwaukee branch of the Agency. 
On the afternoon of the 27th of August, 
in company with Mr. R. Y. Jennings, he 
went out for a sail on Lake Michigan in 
the " Galatea," a four-oared boat, be- 
longing to the club, of which Mr. Sulli- 
van was a member. They were both 
skilful and experienced in the manage- 
ment of a boat, but a very heavy sea and 
wind came on at nightfall ; they did not 
return. Search was made for them, 
which was renewed day after day; at 
length the body of Mr. Jennings was 
found, half buried in the sand, but Mr. 
Sullivan's has never been recovered. 

Sumner, Mr. Erastus, Shrewsbury, Sept. 
16, ae. 75. 

Swift, Rev. Seth F., Oswego, N. Y., Oct. 
12, in the 72d year of his age. Mr. 
Swift was born in Sandwich, Mass., the 
25th October, 1786, and graduated at 
Harvard College in 1807, in the same 
class with Hon. David Sears, the late 
Rev. Dr. Erancis Parkman, the late 
Hon. James C. Merrill of this city, and 
the late Hon. John Glen King of Salem. 
In the spring of 1809, Mr. Swift went 


Marriages and Deaths. 


to Nantucket, where he taught a school 
for a short time. During that year the 
Unitarians of the island erected a church, 
which was dedicated in November fol- 
lowing, and they invited Mr. Swift to 
become pastor, which invitation he ac- 
cepted, and was ordained the 27th of 
April, 1810. He continued his minis- 
terial labors with great fidelity until 1833 
when his pastoral relation was dissolred, 
and he removed to Oswego, where he 
passed the remainder of his life, having 
relinquished the clerical profession, and 
engaged in other pur-nits. Shortly after 
his removal he became blind, ami re- 
mained so until his death. 

Soon after hi- ordination he married a 
daughter of the late ('apt. Abel Rawson. 
The disease of which lie died was cancer 
in the stomach, from which he OXpe- 
rienced intense suffering for a long pe- 
riod, but with perfect resignation to the 
Divine will. He has bit an aged wid- 
ow, <»nc SOU, who 18 settled in Savannah, 

(be, and a daughter, whose privilege it 

was to COmfOTl and relieve her father, a- 
far as it was in her power, with nil' 
ing devotion, during his lung and pain- 
ful illness. — Boston Advertiser. 
Thompson, Samuel M.. Esq., Augusta, 

Geo., Nov. 19, S3. ■')<>. He was a native 

of Charlestown, S. C. ; hail been con- 
nected with the pre* I Qrgia about a 
quarter of a century. 
Thobndikb, Augustus, Esq., Boston, 

25, in thi' 61st year of his age. lb' was 
a son of the late Israel Thorndike ; 
graduated at Harvard College in 1816, 
hut did not enter upon professional life. 

Thurbbs, Mr. Reuben, Seekonk, Noi 
in the 89th year of his age ; — son of 
Leonard, the son of .John, the son of 
James, the son of John, who came to 
this country in 1671, and Bettled at a 
place called New Meadow Neck, then in 

Todd, Mrs. Jane W., Fitchburg, Dec. 2.1, 
aged 87 yrs. 7 mos. 24 days ; widow of 
(.'apt. Moses Todd. 

Townb, Mr. Samuel, Boxford, Oct. 24, 
ce. 76 yrs. 6 mos. 

Tremlktt, Thomas, Esq., Dorchester, 
Sept. 13, ai. 62. He was a respected and 
honorable merchant of this city. 

Walker, Hon. William P., Lenox, Nov. 
11, S3. 80. Judge Walker was born at 
Lenox, Oct. 8, 1778; graduated at Wil- 
liams College in 1798 ; was admitted to 
the Bar in 1803. Previous to his ap- 
pointment as Judge of Probate, he was 
a member of every branch of the State 
government ; one year a member of the 
House of Representatives ; three years a 
member of the Senate, and two years a 
member of the Executive Council. In 
1820 he was appointed Chief Justice of 
the Court of Sessions for Berkshire. 

In 1S24, upon the resignation of his 
father, the late Judge William Walker, 
who had held the same office for twenty- 
nine years, lie was appointed by Governor 
Eustis Judge of Probate, which office 
he hold till 1848, when he resigned 
the same. He was Postmaster in Lenox 
from 1820 to 1848, when he resigned 
that office ; was for many years a mem- 
ber of the Board oi' Trustees of Williams 
College. He moved into his sick room 
in Oct 1851, and never left it without 
assistance afterwards. 

Judge Walker reached, within two 
months, the age of hi- father, who died 
in 1831 . 
Whitman, David, Esq., Lewi-ton, Me. 
The following obituary notice in the 
Boston Courier of Sept. 4, i- from the 
Providence Journal : — Mr. Whitman was 
born in Warwick, R. l.,in the year 1799. 
He had no advantages of earl} educa- 
tion, and owed nothing of hi- distinction 
to adventitious circumstances. If' was 
placed in a cotton mill when (piite young, 
and booh began to develop those n mark- 

a hie mechanical talent- w hie h have given 

him Mich a wide-spread and enduring 
reputation. He worked his way up 

through all the gradation- of a factory, 

to the superintendency and agency of 
the largest establishments. During the 
few prosperous years which succeeded 
1842, he was engaged with two gentle- 
men of thi- city in tie- manufactUl 

cotton, in that time he accumulated a 
moderate fortune, which satisfied all hii 
desires, ami he retired to his farm in 
Cranston, determined to spend the re- 
mainder of his days in its improvement 
and embellishment. Bui he was not 
allowed to remain in this comparative 
repose. Almost everybody engaged in 
the construction of new mills, or in tin' 

reparation of old ones, sought his 
vices. Not only at home was he known 
and appreciated, hut in every part of 
New England, and all over the country 
where there i- a cotton mill he was soon 
recognized and acknowledged as the very 
best cotton spinner in the United States. 
With every part of the business — from 
the excavation of the first foot of earth 
for the edifice, to the last finish upon the 
fabric before exposed for sale, he was as 
familiar as with the alphabet. Many 
other men undoubtedly equalled him in 
theoretical knowledge ; but he could pro- 
duce — and this was his distinguishing 
characteristic, and that which made his 
services and labors of such great value 
to manufacturers and capitalists — the 
very best article at the very lowest pos- 
sible cost. Many of the most profitable 
establishments in this and other States, 
owe their success entirely to his ability 
and skill. He has spent most of the last 


Marriages and Deaths. — Payments. 


live years in Maine, principally in plan- 

v ning, building and arranging those gigan- 
tic and perfect structures which have 
been reared in the new manufacturing 
town of Lewiston. 

Wnri man, Capt. James, Belcher town, 
Nov. 12, SB. 89 yrs. 9 mos. ; eldesl son of 
Dea. John Whitman, who d. at Bridge- 
water in 1841, at the age of H»7. 

WixiTTEMOKi;, Mr. Thomas, Deerfield, 
Nov. 23, a). 7G. 

Williams, Rev. Eleazer, Hogansburg, 
N. Y., Aug. 28, SB. aboul 70; an early 
member of the Historical and Genea- 
logical Society. In his youth he was 
jiut to school at Longmeadow, Mass., 
but his health was bad — he was scrofu- 
lous, and, for a time, idiotic, so that he 
learned but slowly ; and it was not until 
he had attained manhood and the com- 
plete restoration of his intellect that liis 
education was completed. When the 
war with England broke out in 1812, he 
took up arms and became confidential 
agent of the government among the 
Northern Indians. He served with dili- 
gence and bravery, and took part in 
several engagements, receiving a wound 
at Plattsburg in 1814. 

After the war, he became interested in 
the Trot. Epis. Ch., officiated lor several 
years as lay-reader among the Oneida 
Indians, and in 182G was ordained by 
Bishop Hobart. lie acted as mission- 
ary in Northern New York and in Wis- 
consin Territory for many years, hut for 
the last live or six years he has spent 
most of his time at Hogansburg and St. 
Regis, two forlorn Indian villages, sit- 
uated on the Canadian frontier. For 
his ancestry, and other particulars, see 
Williams Family, p. 95. 

He married in 1823, Miss Mary Hobart 
Jourdain of Green Bay, Wis., (said to 

be B relative of Marshall Jourdain) by 
whom he had two daughters and a son, 
the latter (John) alone survives, being 
now about thirty-four years of age. 

Rev. Mr. Williams derived his chief 
notoriety from an article by Rev. Mr. 
Hanson, in ^-ne of the early volumes of 
Putnam's Magazine, entitled " Have wo 
a Bourbon among us '." and a subse- 
quent volume, by the same person, called 
"The Lost Prince," in which it is 
claimed that Mr. Williams was the 
Dauphin of France, son of Louis XVI. 
Though the claim hail before been fre- 
quently made in his behalf, and is sup- 
ported by some plausible arguments, 
there are now few persons that put faith 
in it. 
WRIGHT, Hon. Nathaniel, Lowell, Nov. 5, 
in the 74th year of his age. He was the 
eldest son of Hon. Thomas Wright, and 
was born in Sterling, Mass., on the 13th 
of February, 1785; graduated at Har- 
vard College in 1808; studied law with 
Hon. Asahel Stearns of Chelmsford; 
was admitted to the bar of the lower 
court in 1811, and to the Superior Court 
in 1813. On the organization of the 
town of Lowell he was chosen Chairman 

of the Selectmen, ^\ Inch office he held for 
five years. He was also chosen the firsi 
Representative to the Legislature from 
the new town, and was reelected in 1827 
and 1828. In 1834 he was elected Sen- 
ator from Middlesex District. After the 
incorporation of Lowell as a city, he 
was elected as it< Mayor in 1841 and 
1842. On the 2«1 of June, 1828, he was 
elected President of the Lowell Bank, 
which office he held, uninterruptedly, for 
more than thirty years, resigning it only 
on the 22d of October last, his failing 
health and strength admonishing him 
that his work on earth was done. 

Payments for the Register, (1838,) received from Aug. 27th to Dec. 14th: — Bolton, 
R. S. Kales •, Boston, F. Kidder, William W. Greenough. Mass. Charitable Mechanic Associa- 
tion, Andrew Johonuot, Sidney Brooks, Charles H. Morse ; Buffalo, N. Y., Young Men's As- 
sociation ; Concora, N. H., G. P. Lyon; Canton, Samuel B. Noyes; Cincinnati, O., John 
Swazey ; Charlestoion, Thos. B. Wyman, Jr. ; Cleveland, O., Peter Thatcher, Jr. ; Dedham, D. 
P. Wight; Detroit. Mich., Hovey K. Clarke ; Durham, N. //., Valentine Smith; Exeter. N. 
H., J. Kelly, L. W, Leonard; Framingham, J. H. Ttmple, S. L. Scott; Great Barrington, 
Increase Sumner ; Henniker, N. //., N. Sanborn; Ilyannis, Joseph Dow; Holyoke, J . B. R. 
Walker; Indianapolis, Ltd., C. Fletcher; Jamestown, N. Y., Abner Hazeltine ; Limington, 
Me., Arthur Mc Arthur; Lynn, J. W. Upton; Lynnfield, E. R. Hodgman ; Medford, Daniel 
Swan ; Milwaukee, Wis., John S. Harris, L. H. Kellogg, E. B. Wolcott, Wm. P. Lynde ; Marl- 
borough, Horatio Alger, Edward F. Barnes; Medway, Alexander LeBaron Munroe ; Milton, 
James M. Robbins; Nashua, N. H., B. B. Whittemore; Newbury, Joshua Coffin ; Newbury- 
port, Chas. Whipple ; New Haven, Ct., Thos. H. Pease ; Newark, N. J., S. H. Congar ; New 
York, George Bancroft, Wm. M. Evarts, Theo. W. Riley, Jr., Lucius Tuckerman, A. W. Mor- 
gan, Geo. S. Greene ; Newport, R. ]., Redwood Library ; N. Danvers,J. F. Perry; Northamp- 
ton. Sylvester Judd, Sam'l W. Lee; Orono, Me., J. Washburn, Jr.; Portland, Me., William 

96 Harvard Graduates. — Errata. [Jan. 1859. 

Willis, vSam'l Fessenden, T. A. Deblois, II. K. Hinckley, Portland Athenaeum, B. Cushmanj 
Philadelphia, Pa., S. H. Perkins. E. Hartshorn, Sam 'I Breck, Edwin T. Chase, Joseph I < 
Phila. Lib. Co., Alhenseum, II G. Jones, J. M. Claghorn, E. Armstrong; Plymouth, Wm. S. 
Russell; Providence, li I , G. II. Whitney 3 Quincy, ill., Adams Nichols, Daniel C. Wood ; 
Rehoboth, Benj. Peck ; Roxbury, Isaac Parker; St. Louis, .Mercantile Library; Salem, II. 
Whipple & Son ; Sidney, O., II O. sin Mod •. Springfield, Erastus Hayes, So. Maiden, It. 
Knox; Taunton, Mortimer Blake j Troy, N. I J. F. VYinslovt ; W. Winsted, Ct.J. Bowl; 
Wilmington, N. C Edward Kidder: IV. Bridgewater, VYm. Baylies; Wokum, J. A. Boo- 
telle, N. Wymau ; Woonsocket, 11 /.. Philip W. Capron ; Worcester, Samuel 1'. Haven, Wm. 
D. Fenim »v. Son, Isaac Davis, Timothy S. Stone. 

Payments for the y< n I 5 — B rfon, John W. Dean; Brooktine, W. B. Towne \ Boscawen, 
N. H., William Temph . ' I l>. Brad] ( /, Lucius R. Paige j 

Chicago, Hi, Jolm Wentworth] Cincinnati, O., Henrj Emerson j Ellington, Ct., John II. 
Brock way j G n, Sylvanua Nelson j Gtanoernei ^ ) . II. D.Smith; Lynn, Joseph 

Moulion ; Middleloum, Ct., Samuel II Parsons; JV. ) 1. B. Pomeroy, T. W. Rile) ; Qu\ Woodward; V \ ) . <, B. K< 

Biography of Harvard Gradi mi v — We uoderstand thai Mr. John Langdon Sibley , 
Librarian of Harvard College, bai tor many yean been collecting materials foi a very com- 
plete and elaborate biographj of all the Graduate! of Institution, and that it will be pub- 
lished a- loon a> practicable. The uncommon facility which he has enjoyed from being con- 
nected with lbs Library lor more ll rs and iri>m having been ediioi <>i six 
successive editions <>r the Triennial C e, combined w iih peculiar mental qualification! i<>r 
irch, esaclness and thoroughm is in inch a subject, eminently qualify him in make ■ w< rk 
that will be an honor to the l niversity. 

Whitpky, tee Vol. XII., p. 'J 17.) — Tl i Daniel Whitney, km ol Elijah and Hannah 

Whitney, who m. Sarah Gay, March 7. 1769. He moved i<> \\ anvick ^<»<n after, and both died 
there at an advanced age. His brother, John, b N I, 1749, m. Mary Payyon, April 

1773. They also lived in Warwick j she died about 1 116, and he lived until after J 3 B. 

Richards. — An anonymous correspondent contradicts the statement nn p f die 9th 

volume of the Register that the late 1 ■ B Hon made bequests to the High 

School and to the Episcopal Church of Dedham, his native town. It was SO stated in the news- 
papers of the day, hut we believe it is ineorrec t. 

Wi.iNiiixM in Suffolk, Enc, (seep. 7 f J.) — At the Domesday survey, Robert de Pier- 
point held the manor ol Wrentham of the famous Earl Warren. It afterwards passed lo the 
Poinings. In the reign of Edward \'l , it was purchased by the Brewsters, who built the Hall, 
which was taken down several years ago, after the manor had been sold to Sir J. S. Gooch, 
Barl., its present lord. The Rev. Stephen Clissold, M. A., was the incumbent of the Church, 
(St. Nicholas,) in 1814. There is an Independent Chapel in Wrentham, built in 1778, by a con- 
gregation which originated in 1G4-7. H. (J. S. 


Vol. XII., page 173, line 15, for Received read Deceased; line 33, read Samiwell Patreck 
sunn of William; line 43, for Bruncson read Broneson ; line 47, for sunn of Paul read Pa//; 
page 174. line 4i, for Bazelels read B^zelels ; page 175, line 10, for Bloumfild read liloumfi//d ; 
page 19G, line 30, for Lanes read Larzes, [Lewis] ; page 198, after line 27, insert before Sarab 
Gilbert, &.., u Mary Gilbert, the daughter of Jonathan Gilbert, borne the 15 th of December one 
thousand sixe hundred forty nyne ;" page 334, line 37, for Isaac born July 3, 1702 read July 2 ; 
page 183, 2d column, 49th line, read " d. in Westfield April 2, 1791," for 1761 } page 185, 2d 
column, 47th line, for M. (2) Abigail White, read Abigail Hale. 


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Yol. XIII. APRIL, 1859. No. 2. 


We have now the pleasure of chronicling the decided success of an 
American author in a new field. Mr. Bright has given us herein* the 
history of an English family of his name ; from one branch of which, 
indeed, he is descended. 

There are very few cases, even in England, where the pedigree of a 
family, not titled nor very wealthy, has been published. Peerages are 
annually printed, clans are traced, and occasionally some one of those 
families of gentry, — who consider a new peerage unworthy their accept- 
ance, and whose pedigree, stretching back to Saxon times, would put half 
of the nobles of Europe to the blush, — issues its record to gratify the 
antiquarian tastes of a small circle. But we can recall to mind but very 
few of the sturdy middle class who have been thus preserved. The mer- 
chants and yeomen, though often of a good family in their day, receive 
commemoration only when their exertions are rewarded by a golden suc- 
cess sufficient to ennoble their posterity. 

As few of us in this country have even a claim to a titled ancestry, we 
should feel the deeper interest in this attempt of Mr. Bright's to perpetuate 
the history of a family now well nigh extinct in England. He has proved 
that amply sufficient records exist to trace the pedigrees of those whose 
names grace no Herald's Visitations, and thus gives our genealogists the 
cheering assurance that the fathers of New England may be traced to 
their native spot. 

The history of the discovery of the connecting link, between the family 
here and its English stock, is interesting. The Suffolk Registry of Deeds, 
at Boston, had an acquittance for a legacy paid to Henry Bright, by the 
executor of his sister, Elizabeth Dell, of Stratford-le-Bow, and this clue, 
when followed up by Mr. H. G. Somerby, whose labors are so well known 
to and appreciated by our readers, led to the discovery of the starting 
place of the race, and the documents he obtained have been the ground- 
work of the book under notice. 

The name is of undeniably Saxon origin, and was a common appella- 
tion. It occurs in the County of Suffolk, in 1376, and is now borne by 

* The Brights of Suffolk, England ; Represented in America by the Descendants 
of Henry Bright, Jr., who came to New England in 1630, and settled in Watertown, 
Mass. By J. B. Bright. For private distribution. Boston : printed by John Wilson 
& Son. 1858. , 


98 The Family of Bright, of Suffolk, Eng. [April, 

families in other counties in England. The first reliable bearer of the 
name in our pedigree, however, is John Bright, of Bury St. Edmunds, 
in 1539. He was a mercer, and the records make but little mention of 
him. His son, Walter, was wealthy, and a man of consideration. He 
was buried January 25, 1551, leaving children, John, Joan, Katherine, 
Edmund, and Thomas, all of whom married. It is presumed that the 
families of John and Edmund are extinct, or survive only in other coun- 
ties, as they cannot be traced in Suffolk. 

Thomas Bright, the son of Walter, was a draper and acquired great 
possessions. He was a liberal benefactor of Bury St. Edmunds, and 
after his decease the corporation procured his portrait — copied in 1600 — 
which is now in the Guild-hall. A copy is in the possession of Mr. J. B. 
Bright, from which the engraving was made which accompanies this arti- 
cle. He married, July 27, 1554, Margaret Payton,and, dying in August, 
1587, left issue fifteen children. One daughter, Susan, married Sir Nich- 
olas Carew, a brother-in-law of Sir Walter Raleigh. 

Henry, the third son, was baptized, Sept. 20, 1560, and lived in Bury 
St. Edmunds. By his wife Mary, he had several children, the eldest of 
whom married William Forth, of Nayland, a relative of the wife of 
Governor John Winthrop. Henry Bright, the third son of the pre- 
ceding, was baptized Dec. 29, 1602. There is nothing extant relative 
to his occupation in England, but he doubtless enjoyed the advantages 
attendant on the inheritance of a good estate and respectable position. It 
seems probable that he came to New England, with Governor Winthrop, 
in 1630. He settled at Watertown, to which place came soon after a 
Henry Bright, Senior, a very different man, known in the records as " Old 
Bright" and sometimes confounded with Henry, Jr., or erroneously called 
his father, who died childless, and was not related to our emigrant. 
Henrv, Jr., m. Anne, daughter of Henry Goldstone,of Wickham-Skeith, 
Co. Suffolk, and Watertown, N. E. He died October 9, 1686. 

Our book takes us through all the branches of the family which remained 
in England, and traces their gradual extinction. Many interesting papers 
have been discovered relating to them, and their history is carefully 
investigated. There is fair presumptive evidence that Thomas Bright, of 
Watertown, was one of the cousins of Henry, not accounted for. 

There remains but to state that the book is presented in a most beauti- 
ful style, with many engravings of manor-halls, churches, and other views, 
and enriched with pedigrees of allied families. 

The arms of Thomas Bright were confirmed to him in 1615, though Burke 
states they were then granted. They are " Sable, a fesse argent between 
three escallops or. Crest, a dragon's head gules, vomiting flames of fire 
proper, collared and lined or." 

We have been thus particular in our notice of the contents of this book 
because its appearance is a noteworthy era in genealogical annals, and 
because we feel sure that it will receive a flattering welcome in England ; 
and, by showing the value which Americans place on the village and par- 
ish records of the mother country, stimulate and encourage those antiqua- 
ries who are laboring to preserve them.* W. H. W. 

* It is perhaps worthy of notice that the last number of the Register contained a 
list bringing the number of American Genealogies to 149. The Bright is No. 150 
and a more meritorious close to our list could not be imagined. 

1859.] Reminiscences of La Fayette and others. 99 


[Communicated by Gen. W. H. Sumner, Jamaica Plain, Mass.] 

During the last year of the administration of President Munroe, an 
invitation was extended by our General Government to the Marquis De 
La Fayette, to visit the United States, as the Guest of the Nation. Having 
accepted the invitation, he set sail from Havre with his son, George 
Washington La Fayette, his secretary, Augustus Le Vasseur, and one 
servant, and in thirty-one days, on Sunday, August 15th, 1824, at 9 
o'clock, A. M., a salute of thirteen guns announced his arrival in the ship 
Cadmus in the harbor of New York. He was taken on board the steam- 
boat Nautilus, at the Quarantine Ground, and was landed in the city on 
the 17th, being greeted by an immense assemblage, estimated at fifty 
thousand persons. 

The Massachusetts Centinel gives an account of his journey to Boston 
soon after, to be present at the Annual Commencement at Cambridge. 

In pursuance of this purpose, on Monday, August 23, he entered 
Providence, R. I., and remained there till near the close of the day, when 
he set out for Boston. 

His Excellency, Gov. Eustis, had directed two of his aids, with car- 
riages, to be at the line of the Commonwealth in Pawtucket, to await the 
arrival of La Fayette. He reached there at 6 o'clock, P. M., and had 
nearly forty miles to ride that night to redeem his pledge to be in the 
vicinity of Boston on Monday. His progress was interrupted by eager 
and ardent welcomers, whose greetings could not be refused. At 8 
o'clock he stopped at Fuller's Half-Way House, where he was met by a 
large battalion of troops, who saluted him. It was near midnight before 
he reached Dedham, where the most conspicuous buildings were illumi- 
nated, and a great number of ladies and citizens were introduced to him. 

When passing through Roxbury, about 1 o'clock, he was accompanied 
by a numerous escort of citizens of the county, and received a salute of 
artillery. He arrived at the residence of Gov. Eustis, at that place, at 2 
o'clock Tuesday morning. Major Russell, in his newspaper, the Centinel, 
says the meeting of the General and Gov. Eustis was extremely interest- 
ing. They embraced each other for some minutes, the governor exclaim- 
ing, " I am the happiest man that ever lived." 

At that time I was in Vermont, in a gig or buggy, with a tandem team 
of quick horses, on my return home after a visit to Ballston. I think I 
was in the town of Sullivan, and had as a companion, J. T. Gilman, Esq., 
a son of Gov. Gilman of New Hampshire. Having put up our horses — 
we had three, having a servant as an outrider — I took up a Boston news- 
paper, as it is common for persons to do, who are returning to the capital 
after an absence of several weeks, to see what was the news. In that 
paper it was announced that La Fayette had arrived in New York, and 
would immediately set off for Boston. Knowing that I should be called 
upon, as Adjutant-General, to order out some troops for his proper recep- 
tion, I doubted whether I could reach Boston the next day, especially as 
my horses had had a hard drive, and were tired that night, so that it was 
quite necessary to refresh them. In the morning, early, I set out for Bos- 
ton, and most unfortunately mistook a road, which appeared to be a public 
one, as there was no guide-post, and went four miles on a route that took 

100 Reminiscences of La Fayette and others. [April. 

me in a different direction. There, doubting, I inquired the road to 
Boston, and was told that I was on it. But I found on further inquiry 
that I was on a road which had once been used as the route to Boston, but 
that, to cut off a part of the distance, another road had recently been 
opened. I was led to retrace my steps and get upon it as soon as possible. 
I had two very fine sorrel horses, and reached Sudbury that night. Not 
having heard of his departure from New York, here I heard the report 
that La Fayette had arrived at Boston. This caused me to hasten on in 
the morning, and I arrived at my cottage in Dorchester about 7 o'clock. 

On reaching home I found my servants all gone out, and my house 
fastened up, and there was no person near on whom I could call for as- 
sistance. My servants had heard of La Fayette's arrival, and that he 
was to breakfast that morning at the house of Gov. Eustis, and had gone 
there to see the parade. So I took out my own horse, gave him some 
oats, and then broke into the house and put on my uniform. After my 
horse was refreshed I put him to the gig and set off for the house of the 
governor, to whom I reported myself about an hour after my first arrival 
at home. The governor said that he had, in my absence, given orders to 
Col. Harris, his first aid, to call out the troops, and that he was sorry for 
my absence on such a public occasion. This reproof called for an apolo- 
gy, which I made, stating to him that I was away from home in the interior 
of the state of Vermont when I heard of the arrival of La Fayette at New 
York. Supposing that he would first pay his respects to the National 
Government at Washington, which had invited him to come to the coun- 
try, I thought he would report himself there, and that I should have time 
enough to return to Boston before he would reach it, which might be on 
the 17th of June or the 4th of July, both important public occasions, 
which he might be supposed desirous to attend. The governor said it 
was very natural that I should so have inferred, but that La Fayette's de- 
cision to come to Boston first was made very suddenly, and that he 
arrived quite unexpectedly to him, although he knew an invitation had 
been sent to him to come, and attend the Commencement. 

The governor gave an elegant breakfast, and then the troops which 
were ordered for the escort proceeded with him to Boston. On reaching 
the State House, the governor there welcomed La Fayette in a formal 
manner, in the name of the Commonwealth, the ceremony taking place 
in the Council Chamber. 

The following day, being Commencement at Cambridge, La Fayette 
was the honored guest of the University. His seat upon the platform in 
the meeting-house, where the usual ceremonies of the occasion were per- 
formed, was on the right hand of the governor. On the opposite part of 
the platform where I had my seat, the governor beckoned to me, and on 
approaching him, intervening the parts, he addressed me rapidly ; " I 
wish to speak to you, Gen. Sumner, in your capacity as Quarter Master 
General, or as Commissary General, as 1 might more properly express it, 
to ask you'if you can get me a dinner at my house to-morrow, in honor 
of this gentleman and thirty or forty others whom I intend to invite, many 
of whom are here?" I replied that I had not had much practice in pro- 
viding dinners, in my capacity of Quarter Master General, and that the 
powers of Commissary General were not confided to me. Gov. Eustis 
said, " If so, I know you have had great experience in getting dinners at 
home." I said that I would, individually, do everything that I could to 
accomplish his wishes. I would state to him, however, for his considera- 

1859.] Reminiscences of La Fayette and others. 101 

tion, that all the provisions and delicacies of the market had been select- 
ed for the entertainment at Cambridge, that day, and that all the public 
servants who could be hired, were also at Cambridge, and it would be as 
difficult to collect his guests on the next day as it would be to get pro- 
visions or servants for the entertainment. But, I said, " \£ you will post- 
pone it one day, I will take upon myself the responsibility that it shall be 
done, although I do not know, at the present time, whom I shall employ 
to do it." The governor said, " I see it is impossible, as you suggest, to 
have it to-morrow, but I will ask him for Friday, upon the assurance you 
have given, for I know of no one else that I can call upon to assist me." 

Although it was not a part of my public duty to provide an entertain- 
ment for his company at his private mansion, I dare say the governor 
thought my duty would be embraced in the order which he had given me. 

As this was the first time he had called upon me to do anything but 
office business, and especially as he had recently come into power, suc- 
ceeding Gov. Brooks, by the election of the democratic party, in opposi- 
tion to that under which I held mv office, I did not think it worth while to 
be very particular. I therefore went to work, with more zeal perhaps 
than I should have done if the entertainment had been given by the gov- 
ernor's predecessor, or by any one else of the same party in politics. 
" Well," said the governor, " I must tell you another thing, Sir, and 
that is, that I do not wish to give Mrs. Eustis any trouble except that 
which results from the use of the house. They may have my kitchen 
and my parlors and my chairs, and tables ; but as to having my knives 
and forks, and plates and dishes, they shall not have one of them. My 
decanters I will fill with wine and other suitable liquors, which shall be 
delivered to the man who prepares the dinner, in proper order to place 
upon the table. Now, do you think you can get any person to undertake 
it on those terms ? If so, I will ask La Fayette to dine with me on that 
day, as he is soon to leave this place." I said " that it was something of 
an undertaking to do it so suddenly, and on those terms, and that I knew 
of but one man who could accomplish it, and that I would go to see him 
that afternoon and get him to do it, or let him know that evening, if he 
would delay giving his invitation to the principal guest for a few hours." 

I went to Col. Hamilton of the Exchange Coffee House, an excellent, 
cool headed, and systematic caterer, upon any sudden emergency, in his 
own house, whose ability I had often witnessed in giving some of the most 
splendid entertainments that Boston, at that time, exhibited. Hamilton 
acceded to my request, and agreed to undertake it, as he said, that " for 
a guest, to whom the nation owes so much, every person ought to 
do the best he can ; though it would seem to many almost impossible to 
accomplish this, you may rest assured, Gen. Sumner, that it shall be 
done as well as I can do it." I replied, " You had better go out to the 
governor's, and see how he wishes his tables laid, and what you will 
need, before you do anything else." He did so, and satisfied the gov- 
ernor that it should be all accomplished in the manner he desired, with- 
out any trouble to Mrs. Eustis. 

At the dinner the plates were placed on the outside of a horse-shoe 
table, in the hall, leaving the inside open for the attendance of the ser- 
vants and the change of dishes. There were between thirty and forty 
guests, the Governor taking his position at the head of the table, with 
La Fayette on his right, Gen. Dearborn on his left, the late Gov. Brooks 
second on the right, the Lieutenant-Governor and Council, the Governor's 


Reminiscences of La Fayette and others. 


Military Staff and other guests, which are not now recollected, seated on 
each side. 

La Fayette's lodgings in the city were at Mrs. Carter's, at the corner 
of Park and Beacon Street. Her house was fitted up for the occasion, 
and an iron door, which had been constructed in the wall of the partition 
between her house and that of Mrs. Jeffries, now Mr. Ticknor's, and con- 
nected the story in which were the splendid drawing-rooms of the two 
houses, was, on that occasion, taken down, so that both houses appeared 
to be one. When La Fayette entered the house, which was. thrown open 
for the free reception of citizens, they rushed in to take him by the hand. 
The multitude who thronged to see him were surprised at not being able 
to do so, because the moment he entered the house he inquired for the 
bath-room, where he refreshed himself for so long a time that many 
retired withoul accomplishing their wishes. 

Col. Harris, to whom the order was given to call out troops, in my 
absence, on the occasion of La Fayette's reception in Boston, was am- 
bitious of occupying the position as Adjutant General of the Common- 
wealth, which I had, and notwithstanding the strong recommendations of 
Gov. Brooks to Gov. Eustis, of my qualifications for that office, and con- 
duct in it, the governor made some inquiries respecting the tenure of the 
office of Adjutant General, as though he had thought of the exercise of 
the power. His political friends put the question to him, u Why don't 
you turn out the Adjutant General, that high Federalist." "I would 
do it," said one, " the first thing I did." But the governor was satis- 
fied it was not so easily done, as the tenure of the office of Adjutant 
General, at that time, made it necessary, fur his removal, that he should 
be tried and convicted by a court martial, or removed by an address of 
both houses of the legislature. 

I have alluded before to the approbation of my conduct, in the office 
of Adjutant General, by Gov. Brooks, given to his successor, as he told 
me, a few days before his inauguration. Brooks and Eustis, two old 
cronies of the Revolution, about that time were on unfriendly lerms. 
The difference between them was caused by the election of Brooks as 
President of the Society of the Cincinnati, a vacancy having occurred by 
the death of the President of that Society, while Eustis was a Vice-Presi- 
dent of it, and absent from the country, I think. The blame of the election 
could not be thrown upon Brooks, however, for he had no thought of 
being placed in that situation when the ballot was thrown. But after- 
ward, when the observation was made to Eustis that it was not Brooks's 
fault that this was done ; " I know it," he replied, " but it was his fault 
that he accepted it ; he ought not to have done so." Here were two gen- 
tlemen of the same age, and both of the highest standing in the commu- 
nity, one a member of Congress and Secretary of War, and the other 
Governor of Massachusetts, who were on such unfriendly terms that the 
posture of public affairs required a reconciliation of their differences. 

A question presented itself to my mind, how this could be accom- 
plished, which it appeared to me was absolutely necessary to be done, 
because, at every public festival, those two officers would be invited, and 
be seated next each other, and the interviews would be unpleasant in con- 
sequence of their unfriendly feelings naturally exhibiting themselves in 
the Dublic presence. So impressed, I went to George Blake, Esq., a per- 
sonal and political friend of Gov. Eustis, and stated to him the impres- 
sions which were on my mind. I asked him if he did not think some 

1859.] Reminiscences of La Fayette and others. 103 

effort ought to be made to remove the obstacle to their friendly saluta- 
tions whenever they were invited together, as they would necessarily be 
on public occasions. Mr. Blake said he had not thought of it, but he 
now saw its necessity, and would do everything in his power to accom- 
plish it. He asked me how I thought it could be done. I said that if 
Eustis, as a citizen, did not call upon Gov. Brooks while he was in the 
office of chief magistrate, when they came to change places, Brooks, as a 
citizen, could not call upon Eustis, as governor, to pay the respects 
usually due to the office. Mr. Blake conceded that this was the right 
view of the matter, and saw Dr. Eustis, the governor elect, and told him 
that he had had a communication with me, and was fully impressed with 
the necessity of his calling upon Gov. Brooks before his own inaugura- 
tion, as his successor, should take place. To this the Dr. agreed, and 
said he should be happy to do anything in his power to remove the obsta- 
cles to their meeting in a friendly manner. Then, said Mr. Blake, you 
must go out to Medford and call on the governor, which, if done, I have 
no doubt will be speedily returned. Eustis had his horse put to his 
open wagon — as it was familiarly called, his electioneering wagon, it 
was so often seen during the canvas at the gates of Esquire Seaver and 
his other political friends — and taking Jo. Hall, a friend of both, into the 
wagon, he drove to Medford and made the requisite formal call. Not so 
formal, neither, for the interview being all arranged, and the old friends 
happy in the prospect of their differences being reconciled, did not em- 
brace each other merely as old friends, but they shook hands so heartily, 
and the intercourse was so familiar — the one calling the other " John," 
and the other calling Eustis " Dr." and sometimes " Bill," that they part- 
ed, as the terms of salutation would indicate, with as friendly feelings as 
had existed between them at any former period. 

On the day following I repaired to Medford, to call upon Gov. Brooks, 
in order to verify the account of the interview between him and Eustis, 
which Mr. Hail had given me. Subsequently, the governor said, "I want 
you to take a seat in my chaise and go with me to Roxbury, to return the 
governor's call. I said, "I will go with pleasure, sir, but had you not 
better take George Blake or Jo. Hall, or some other of Eustis's friends, 
rather than myself?" "I had rather you would go," he replied. To 
this, as being his special request, I assented, and on the following day, 
about 11 o'clock, A. M., he called with his chaise at my office, on Pem- 
berton Hill, and I went with him to the house of Dr. Eustis, which was 
on the lower road, bordering on the stream which divides Dorchester from 

The house of Dr. Eustis was an elegant one. It was built by Governor 
Shirley, as Col. Dawes, the Judge's father, and who was one of Governor 
Hancock's Councillors, told me. " For," said he, " I was one of the 
masons that helped to build it ; and you will see if you go into the stone 
basement story, a hall or entry running through its centre, kitchens and 
other necessary offices on one side, and the servants' rooms on the other." 
There was an extensive lawn in front of the house, and the whole estab- 
lishment made them, as it does now, a most respectable appearance, suit- 
able for a mansion of a governor. 

I may mention here, as an item among my recollections of this place, 
that I remember very well when it was occupied by Monsieur Dubuque, 
who emigrated hither from Martinique in the time of the French revolu- 
tion, and that I used to witness here upon the lawn in front of the house, 

104 Reminiscences of La Layette and others, [April, 

a novel sight to a descendant of the Puritans — that of ball-playing every 
Sunday afternoon. The recollection of this gentleman is more forcibly 
impressed on my mind from the fact that I often ate from a service of 
plate that had his initials upon it, at the celebrated restaurant in Boston, 
at the corner of Congress and Milk Streets. This house was kept by 
Julien, who had been Dubuque's cook, and to whom he had given his 

Gov. Eustis kept a very handsome coach, notwithstanding he rode, 
before his inauguration, in the one-horse wagon, before mentioned. Gov. 
Brooks never owned a four-wheeled carriage ; but, as on the occasion of 
our visit, he always drove with a single horse and chaise. 

After our arrival at the house of Dr. Eustis, and my introduction to him 
by Gov. Brooks, as his Adjutant General, I witnessed that the interview 
between them on that occasion was as cordial as that of the preceding 
one at Medford had been represented to be. Said Eustis, " I am glad to 
see you, governor, because I am an old man like yourself, and as I am 
going to take your place I hope I shall perform the duties of my office 
as well as you have done, and give as much satisfaction to the public. 
I shall, therefore, take the position very quietly, notwithstanding the pub- 
lic expectation, and I shall be obliged to you for your opinion respect- 
ing the manner of executing the duties of the office so as to get along 
smoothly. Finding that the subject of conversation between them was 
likely to be of a political nature, and that I might possibly be the subject 
of remark, I apologized for taking my leave for an hour, to view the 
powder-magazine at Pine Island, which was about a mile distant. On 
my return from thence, Gov. Brooks said, " Well, general, we have had 
a most pleasant interview, and I am sorry you left ; but, if you please, we 
will now return to Boston. The parties having taken respectful leave of 
each other, on the way home Gov. Brooks told me what was the nature of 
their conversation. He said that he was highly pleased with the assur- 
ance that the governor gave him that he meant to proceed in his office as 
quietly as he could, and not make more removals than the public good 
required. Said the governor, " I have given him such an account of all 
the officers in the State-House, that I do not believe he will touch one of 
them. Particularly have I spoken of yourself and of the manner in which 
you have executed the duties of your office, and congratulated him upon 
having such an officer to whom he might safely intrust the execution of 
his military powers. I spoke to him also of Bradford, the Secretary, 
whose circumstances were very narrow, and who, I hoped, would dis- 
charge the duties of the office of Secretary of State under him as well 
as he had under me." 

The impression made upon Gov. Brooks' mind and my own, from 
these events and this conversation, was, that Gov. Eustis would com- 
mence his duties as governor in disappointing his political friends and the 
public expectation. And, on the day of his inauguration, having invited 
the public officers to meet the officers elect, in the Council Chamber, for 
the purpose of proceeding to the Hall of the House of Representatives to 
take the customary oaths of office, several of the governor's friends, whom 
it was not usual to meet in the Council Chamber, upon such occasions, 
were also present. 

The governor was preceded to the Hall of the House by Sheriff Hall, 
with his white wand, blue coat with yellow buttons, gold-laced cocked 
hat, buff vest and smalls. Having taken his seat in the Speaker's Chair, 

1859.] Reminiscences of La Fayette and others. 105 

the governor elect soon rose and took the oaths of office and subscribed 
his name, and then proceeded to read his address, the sentiment of which, 
from his political speeches and his votes in Congress, it was anticipated 
by his friends, would contain violent political denunciations. Sheriff Hall 
and myself only, expected, from the interview which has been related, 
that the inaugural would be of a milder character than his friends antici- 
pated. But what was our surprise when we heard a speech which till 
that time was unequalled for its party virulence, and which was entirely 
contrary to what Gov. Brooks had led Sheriff Hall and myself to expect. 
But we held up our heads perfectly stiff, notwithstanding our disappoint- 
ment, and returned with the governor and his political friends to the 
Council Chamber. On the way to the Council Chamber, while in the 
passage between the Hall of the House and the Chamber, his friends, 
Ben. Clough, Jo. Eaton and others, who had been invited to attend, were 
in great exultation at the sentiments contained in the governor's address. 
Dr. Townscnd, to whom the governor had expressed his intent to have a 
quiet time in office, and who differed with his other friends as to their 
cause of exultation, tapped the governor on the shoulder, and, alluding to 
the violent language in the governor's inaugural, said, " Now, Bill, you 
have stuck your foot into it, and it will be hard work for you to 
recover yourself." And so it proved. But he replied, " You know I 
have been so long in Congress that I had it in me, and I was determined 
to get it out and begin anew." And so he did. He made a dinner and 
invited Gov. Brooks and the officers of his Staff, and others, from the 
State House, to whom those observatious might have applied as w r ell as 
to others, and he ever afterwards received them with a courteous de- 

For myself, knowing the efforts which were being made by Col. Harris 
and others to obtain my place, I was expecting to have some difficulty, 
notwithstanding the satisfaction given to Euslis by Brooks's recommenda- 
tion of the manner in which I performed my official -duties. After his 
inauguration, Gov. Eustis visited the Adjutant General's office frequently, 
to look into the state of it, and he said, •' I have been so long in the office 
of Secretary at War that I am familiar with the manner of keeping such 
papers, and know how these things should be conducted ; and he express- 
ed himself satisfied with the order and arrangement of the department. 
It so happened that about that time, there was a representation made to 
the governor respecting the election of two military officers in the county 
of York, Me., together with charges preferred against them by other offi- 
cers in the same regiment, one of whom — I think it was Col. Low — was 
colonel of it. As usual, those papers had been committed to me, as adju- 
tant general, before the accession of Gov. Eustis to the chair, and I had 
given the usual order to the major general of that division to investigate 
the circumstances attending those allegations, and report the facts for the 
advisement of the governor, in order that he might decide whether the 
Court Martial was necessary or not. Soon after the governor took his 
seat in office, I made a summary of facts in each of those cases, with ob- 
servations upon the evidence, and the facts deduced from it; and, in the 
form of a report to the governor, I communicated to him the papers, with 
the evidence accompanying them. 

Having read the papers, the governor came into my office and said to 
me, " I have read these papers, and I want to ask you if this is the way 
in which you do your business in this office?" Upon replying to his 

106 Reminiscences of La Fayette and others. [April, 

significant query, as it appeared to me, affirmatively, he responded, 
" I am highly satisfied with them ; and if this is the manner in which you 
do the business of this office, there are but few offices that I know of in 
the General Government whose duties are performed so well, and you 
fully justify the high character which my predecessor has given you. 1 ' 

I have no doubt now, though I have never inquired, nor has it been 
communicated to me since, that both of the officers in whose favor I 
reported were democrats, and that, therefore, the governor inferred, that 
the political character of the parties had no weight in the decision which 
I had made. After this the intercourse between Governor Eustis and 
myself was as friendly as it could have been had 1 been of the same 
party politics ; and I used to go to his house once a week and make one 
of a party of whist, which was his favorite game, and sup upon roast 
ducks and game, with which his table was always well supplied, he being 
one of those old fashioned people who always had hot supper. 

I remember one occasion particularly, when 1 was Invited to the gov- 
ernor's table to a dinner given in compliment to Lord Stanley, Lord 
M ortley ami M. Labouchiere. The latter gentleman in his visit to Boston 
was BO impressed with the beauty and execution "I AlUton's picture of 
4 - Elijah in the Wilderness," that he purchased it of the painter at the 
price of a thousand dollars. 

Governor Eustis's intercourse with his particular friends, notwithstand- 
ing his high aristocratic bearing en other occasions, \\;i^ BO familiar that 
they one and all anticipated a friendly and familiar rec< ption whenever 
they should call upon him. The two friends — Clough and Baton — who 
had accompanied him when he took the inaugural oath, made a call upon 
the governor while he was at dinner with these foreign guests and other 
friends, to the number of eighteen or twenty. They passed the servant 
man who opened the front door, Baying to him as they entered the house 
as though it was their own, " Where is the governor? 91 The reply was, 
" he has friends to dine with him." u Well, we want to sec him, let us 
into the room where they are. 1 ' Upon their entrance into the room, the 
governor, desirous to impress them with the formality which was suited 
to the occasion, rose and took them familiarly by the hand, and said to 
Lord Stanley, " I introduce to your lordship two of my most worthy 
friends, Mr. Clough and Mr. Eaton. They have done me the honor of a 
call uninvited, no doubt with the object of paving their respects to my 
friends.'" Instead of being abashed as they would have been had they 
been men of different habits, one of them broke out, " I am glad to have 
been introduced to your lordship, and to have been present on this occa- 
sion. The governor always expresses his willingness to see me on these 
great occasions, and I am very happy to have been present when your 
lordship was here." Said Mrs. Eustis to me, who was not accustomed to 
such company, " Cannot you contrive to get rid of those people, I do not 
know what the governor will dor" I told her I did not know how to do 
it, except upon her rising from the table 1 would ask them to follow her — 
which was done. 

During the winter session of the General Court in the year 1825, Gov. 
Eustis thought the distance of his residence from the city was too great 
for that season, as his friends could not so conveniently call upon him; 
and therefore he took lodgings, intending to stop for a short time, at Mrs. 
Miles's, who was the successor of Mrs. Carter at the distinguished four 
story boarding-house in Howard Street, next door to Stephen Codman'3 

1859.] Reminiscences of La Fayette and others. 107 

residence. He went into the city on Wednesday or Thursday, intending 
to spend the remainder of the week there. The day after he had taken 
his room he was very sick. Hearing of it, I called upon him the next day. 
In the ante-room I met his brother, Jacob Eustis, who just then came out 
of the governor's sick room. I addressed him, " I am sorry to learn that 
the governor is so sick, Mr. Eustis. How is he ? The public are anxious 
to know." " He is dead. 1 ' " What !" I exclaimed, " Your brother dead ?" 
" He is as good as dead. They have bled him to death ; he never will 
recover in the world. They have reduced him so low that he never will 
get up again. I have just seen him, and says I, 'Bill, you are gone.' " 
The last remark was made as we entered the governor's room, who said, 
"What makes you think so, brother? I am very weak, to be sure.'" 
u They have bled you to death ; you have got a rattling in your throat now." 
11 Have I," said the governor. " Well, don't you remember that our father 
had it two days before he died?" The governor rapidly declined and 
died on Monday, February 7, 1825, after an illness of only five days. 

His remains were taken to his mansion in lioxbury and an autopsy 
was had by the physicians to ascertain whether a disease of the heart, 
of which he made complaint for several years, really existed. This was 
the phantom that was always before his eyes; and after his reconciliation 
with Gov. Brooks, he told him that he had consulted Warren and Dan- 
fort h, and all the celebrated physicians in Boston, before he went to 
Europe, and that he also consulted eminent physicians in London, Paris 
and Holland — to which latter country he was an ambassador — and they 
all agreed in telling him that it was quite doubtful whether he had such a 
disease, for the symptoms might be produced by some other cause. But 
he never had any confidence in what they said, but was continually af- 
fected with the apprehension that he would die suddenly with the disease 
of the heart. Gov. Brooks, in his conversation with him, said, "1 have 
known you a great many years, and I think you are unnecessarily 
alarmed. Those physicians whom you have consulted were right, and 
the symptoms which arc indicative of a disease of the heart, I say, have 
probably arisen from your hot suppers and high living. Don't you 
remember that Solomon Davis died after eating plum cake ? If you are 
more careful in your diet, in my opinion you will live much longer than 
you otherwise will." 

Upon the examination after death his heart was found to be as sound 
as that of any one. 

His funeral was celebrated with military honors on the 12th of Feb- 
ruary. The religious services were held in the Old South Church. He 
was buried in the Granary Burying Ground. The day was quite mild 
and pleasant, and a great assembly witnessed the last ceremonies, among 
which was the firing of minute guns by the Sea Fencibles, on the Com- 
mon, while the procession was moving to the grave, and other distin- 
guished ceremonies usual on such occasions. 


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Hackney Coach. — These are to give Notice, That there is lately set 
up a good Hackny Coach to accommodate all Persons on reasonable 
Terms': Inquire of Mr. Jonathan War dell at the sign of the Orange 
Tree in Hanover Street, Boston. — Paper, Oct. 6th, 1712. 

108 Griffin Family of Hampton , Conn. [April. 


[By George Ciiandlek, If. P., "Worcester, Ma 

Most of the following facts were furnished by Jonathan Clark, Esq., 
of Hampton, Conn., who has been constantly engaged, for about sixty- 
eight years, in carefully noting down all facts of the kind that occurred 
within his extensive and minute observation in that vicinity. 

I. Ebexezer 1 Griffin moved from Cambridge to Pomfret — thence to 
the Canada parish of Windham, now Hampton, Conn. He was a farmer, 
and bought of William Durkee there one hundred acres of land. He 
and his wife joined the church there *Js June, 1".'!::. and lie was chosen 
deacon 1 March, 17 11. lie married Hannah, who was bom 20 Jan. 
1713, dan. of Dea. Philemon and Hannah (Mary) Chandler of Pomfrct. 
Their children — 

1. Hannah* (ii.), !>• 11 Sept i::: '- >: ! 'i • >J " ' !1 - 1733; m., 11 April, 

1751, Jam* a Stedman of Hampton. 

2. El . . . 20 J ii . 1734; bp. 28 July, 1734; m., 1 July, 

1?.">7, Elizabeth Martin. 

3. Sarah 2 r.), b. 12 \ .... i: p. 15 A . 1736 ; m., 19 Jan. 1757, 

Thomas Puller of I tara i 

4. Lucy* (v.), b. 17 April, i::;7 : p. 22 April, 1739; m., 15 Nov. 1758, 

I [< zekiah Hammond. 

5. Mehitabh* \ . . b. 29 Nov. 1741; bp. 6 Dec. L741 ; m., 23 Sept. 

17(!(). Thomas Stedman. 
G. Mary* . b. 16 March, 1744; bp. March, 1744; m., 6 March, 

1766, Ephraim ( Cleveland. 

7. Benjamin. 2 b. 7 Aug. H Hi : bp. 10 Aug. 1746; d. 11 Nov. n 18. 

8. Nathaniel- b. 23 \ ig. 11 W; bp. 28 A g. 17 18; d. 7 April, L754. 

9. Olive* b. 6 March, 1751 ; bp. 1751. 

10. Benjamin 2 (viii.), b. 10 May, 1754; bp. 12 May, 1754; m., 8 Feb. 
1776, Chloe Howard; m. 2 i. l" v «'. Mary Howard. 

II. Hannah* Griffin [i.,1] m.Capt.Jam Iman, by B muel 
Moseley of Hampton, 11 April, 1751. S n 18 years 7 months 
old. She joined the church 26 N v. L789; d. 30 Aug. 1795, ;.j<<\ 62 
years 7 months 21 days. He b. in Brookline, Mass., 1725; made mem- 
ber of the church 15 Nov. 1741; d. 7 Sept. l~ s v aged (>:*. He was a 
"good farmer, carpenter, joiner, and clock-maker/'' If'- was appointed, 
by the legislature of Connecticut, " captain, in place of Ripley, resigned,* 1 
26 June, 1776. Capt. Stedman was, with his company of Hampton 
militia, in the Revolution, at the battle at w White Plains*;" also in Rhode 
Island : and with his colonel (Thomas Knowlton) when he charged into 
the verv heart of the 42d regiment of Highlanders on Harlem Plains, 
where he received his mortal wound, from a bullet, in the groin, ana 1 was 
taken ofT his horse by Captain Stedman's orderly-sergeant Nehemiah 
Holt, and others, and laid by a fence, out of range of bullets, where he 
soon bled to death. Capt. S. was with Washington in his retreat before 
the British through New Jersey. Of that march Sergeant Holt often 
said, "All night Washington rode at the right of the column, a little in 
advance, but so near me that I could most of the time put my hand upon 
the rump of the powerful gray charger upon which he rode, made restive 

1859.] Griffin Family of Hampton, Conn. 109 

by the cold slcct pouring down upon us, but whose maddened spirit was 
curbed in and controlled with apparent fast- by his more powerful rider, 
his rein-hand resting upon the pommel of the saddle. Washington spoke 
scarcely a word during that dreadful march." After the war, Capt. S. 
was collector of taxes, and held other offices in Hampton. He died of 
scrofulous disease — beloved, honored, and respected. 

Crayon portraits of him and his wife, by Joseph Stewart of Hartford, 
Conn., are in possession of the writer. His children were — 

1. Thomas? b. 6 Nov. 1701 ; hp. 15 Nov. 17(51 ; m. Lucy Warren of 

Windham. He graduated at 5Tale College in 17s"). He was a 
lawyer in Hampton, and afterwards a farmer in Masse na, X. V. 

2. Hannah? b. 23 Nov. 1769? bp. 26 Nov. 1769; d.unm. 11 July, 1795. 

3. Mary, 3 b. 1 1 Jan. 1772; bp. 17 Jan. 177:* ; m., 20 Nov. 1792, Maj. 

John Wilkes Chandler of Pomfret, Conn., farmer. 

III. EBENEZEE* GHIFFIN [i., 2], when 24 years old, was, by Parson 
Moseley, m. to Elizabeth, dau. of Ebenezer and Jerusha Martin, when 
she was Is years old. She b. I 1738. He was a farmer in Hamp- 
ton, Conn. 

1. Nathaniel* h. 13 1759 ; bp. 10 June, 1760; d. 20 Nov. 1760. 

2. Nathaniel, 3 b. 11 Oct. 1761 ; bp. 18 Oct. 1761 J m. Clark, ami 

moved to Whitestown, N. V. 

3. Hannah 3 b. 1 Aug. L7'63 ; bp. 1 Aug, 1763; m., in 1785, Calvin 

Munn of Greenfield, Mass. He b. in Munson, Mass., 17(51. He 
entered the army, and served until the he war of the 

Revolution. Was at the siege of Yorktown : the taking of Corn- 
wallis ; was one of the company that took a gun-boat from the 
British at Shirley, on James River, and rowed the boat up to head 
quarters, when LaFayette came on hoard and conversed with him; 
was as far north as Stillwater, and west of the Blue ridge; ser 
in Col. Shepherd's and Vbse's regiments; was one year under 
LaFayette's command, in Virginia ; witnessed the execution of 
Andre ; under Sullivan when be evacuated Long Island ; at the 
battle of Jamestown : was one of the government troops ordered 
out for the protection of the U. S. Arsenal al Springfield, Mass., 
in Shay's insurrection. He was present at the laying of the cor- 
ner-stone of Bunker Hill Monument, in 1824, and had a pleasant 
interview with LaFayette, his old commander. He kept tavern 
in Greenfield where the Mansion House now stands. lie d. at 
Springfield, Vt., 3 May, 1850, and was buried in Greenfield, Mass. 
She d. at Greenfield, 22 Feb. 1814. 

4. Artemissa, 3 b. 11 Nov. 1765; bp. 24 Nov. 17G5; m. Isaac Burnham. 

5. Elwissa 3 b. 23 Feb. 1768; bp. March, 1708 ; m. Richard Edwards, 

lawyer in Albany, N. Y. 

6. Olive 3 b. 12 April, 1770; bp. 29 April, 1770; m. 1st, Dr. Daniel 

Lummis; m. 2d, Charles Child of Pomfret, Conn. 

7. Betsey 3 b. 24 Aug. 1772; bp. 30 Aug. 1733: m. Churchill of 

Chatham, Conn. 

8. Ebenezer 3 b. 6 April, 1775; bp. 9 April, 1775; m. 1st, Maiy Fuller 

of Hampton ; m. 2d, Lois Durkee of Hampton ; m. 3d, Lydia 
Hunting. He lives on his grandfather's homestead in Hampton, 
and was always a farmer. He w r as one of the judges of the 
county court many years ; represented the town in the legislature 
in several sessions, and was " Father of the house in 1854." His 

110 Griffin Family of Hampton, Conn. [April, 

1st wife was the only child of Stephen, by his wife Sarah (Bid- 
lack) Fuller, who was burned by the Indians in the battle at 
Wyoming, 3 July, 1778, in a wheat field — the Indians piling 
sheaves of wheat about him and other prisoners. She d. 18 June, 
9. Elisha 3 b. 6 May, 1777; bp. 18 Mav, 1777; m. Clarissa Burnett. 
10. Lucy? b. 21 July, 1779; bp. 25 July, 1779 ; m. William Forbes of 
Bangor, Me., farmer. He b. in Westboro', Mass. ; raised in 
Brookficld ; a merchant in Greenfield, Mass., where he was pros- 
perous until the embargo injured his business, as well as that of 
others. He moved, in 1799, to Bangor, and purchased a farm, 
on which he d. in 1843. He was an intelligent and honest gentle- 
man of the old school. She was married just before she was 16 
years old, and d. in 1850. 

IV. Sarah 2 Griffin [i., 3], when 20 years old, m., 19 Jan. 1757, 
Lieut. Thomas Fuller of Hampton, lie b. 10 June, 1732, and d. 14 Nov. 
1813, in his 82d year. She d. 8 May, 1806, ID her 70th year. He was 
son of Stephen and Hannah (Moulton) Puller. Children — 

1. Nathaniel? b. 11 May, 17.">s : m . Mary Ihirkee, dau. of Andrew and 

Mary, when she was 1(5 years 6 months and 4 days old. 

2. Sarah? b. 14 May, 17G0 ; m. 1st, Knight; m. 2d, Nathan Jen- 

nings. She d. in Chaplin, Conn., 7 June, 1S53. 

3. Lucy, 3 b. 8 Aug. 1763 ; m. Col. Elijah Simons, merchant of Hamp- 

ton, Conn., son of Jacob S. of Windham, Conn. She d. in Chap- 
lin, 7 April, 1848, in her 85th year. 

4. Thomas 3 b. 21 July, 17G5; m. Polly Fuller, dau. of Joseph of 

Hampton. He practised medicine in Cooperstown, N. Y. suc- 
cessfully, and was much respected. It was said that he was the 
original of Cooper's character of u Dr. Elnathan Todd" of the 
" Spy." 

5. Eleanor, 3 b. 6 Aug. 1768; m., 25 Jan. 1788, Dea. Amasa Clark of 

Hampton. She d. of fever, 10 Nov. 1833. 

V. Lucy* Griffin [i., 4] m., 15 Nov. 1785, Hezekiah Hammond of 
Hampton, Conn., son of Josiah. She d. 20 Aug. 1824, aged 84 years 
4 months 3 days. 

1. Lucy 3 b. 30 Aug. 1760 ; m. John Clark, son of Timothy of Coventry. 

2. Olive 3 b. 8 July, 1764; m. Charles Child of Pomfret, Conn. 

3. Eleanor 3 b. 19 May, 1769 ; m. Jacob Holt for his 2d wife. 

4. Asahel 3 b. 10 May, 1772 ; m., 9 Dec. 1801, Betsey Robinson. Far- 

mer in Hampton. 

5. Elisha 3 b. 26 May, 1780 ; m. Phebe Hitchcock, and lived in West 

Brookfield, Mass. 

6. Hezekiah 3 b. 8 Dec. 1782 ; m. Polly Greenslit. 

VI. Mehitable 2 Griffin [i., 5], in her 19th year, m., by Parson 
Mosely of Hampton, to Thomas Stedman, Jr., son of Dea. Thomas and 
Anna (Seaver) Stedman of Hampton. He b. in Brookline, Mass., 1732 ; 
carpenter and joiner ; town clerk of Hampton from its incorporation, 
1786, to 1798; representative in legislature in 1787 and 1793. Children — 

1. Mary 3 b. 14 April, 1762 ; m. Israel Clark, goldsmith, Newburgh, N.Y. 

2. Anna, 3 b. 7 Aug. 1764; m. Joseph Clark; moved to Alabama. 

3. Elizabeth 3 b. 5 Aug. 1768 ; m. Dea. Thomas Williams of Hamp- 

ton, Conn. 

1859.] Point Shirley — Preston. Ill 

4. Griffin* b. 27 Sept. 1770; m. Betsey Gordon. Lumber merchant, 

Hartford, Conn. 

5. Clarissa? b. 23 Jan. 1772 ; m. Abijah Peck ; moved to Alabama. 

6. Thomas? b. 19 Aug. 1774 ; unm. 

7. Ebenezer* b. 23 March, 1777; m. Rachel Wattles. 

8. James* b. 6 Oct. 1779 ; m. Eunice H. Carren. Lawyer, Norwich, 


9. Patience* b. 27 July, 1781 ; m. Jonathan Hovey, Jr. 

VII. Mary 2 Griffin [i., 6] m., 6 March, 1766, Ephraira Cleveland. 
Children — 

1. Mary, 9 b. 30 March, 1768. 2. Franklin* b. 13 Aug. 1779. 

VIII. Benjamin 2 Griffin [i., 10], farmer in Hampton, m., 8 Feb. 
1776, Chloe Howard, dau. of John Howard, Jr. Children — 

1. Clarinda* b. 16 Nov. 1776. 2. Molly* b. 7 March, 1778. 

3. Benjamin? b. 26 June, 1780. 4. Sarah, 9 b. 27 June, 1782. 

5. John* b. 29 Oct. 1784. 

His wife, Chloe, d. 16 Nov. 1784, in her 30th year, and he m. 2d, 4 
Jan. 1786, her sister, Mary Howard. Had — 

6. John* b. 5 Oct. 1786. 

Capt. Benjamin 2 moved, in 1788, to Cooperstown, N. Y. 

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[From the Boston News-Letter, Thursday, Sept. 13, 1753.] 

On Saturday last His Excellency the Governour [Shirley] did the 
Proprietors of Pulling-Point the Honour of dining with them at said 
Point where a very elegant Entertainment was prepar'd for him ; he was 
attended thither by the Proprietors, and a Number of Gentlemen of pis- 
tinction from the Town ; he was saluted with fifteen Guns from Castle 
William as he went down, and the same Number when he return'd ; and 
was receiv'd at the Point with all the Demonstration of Joy that so new a 
settlement was capable of. His Excellency express'd great Satisfaction 
on finding so considerable an Addition to that valuable Branch of Trade, 
the Cod-Fishery, and hoped the Gentlemen concern'd would meet with 
such success as to make them ample Amends for so noble an Under- 
taking. — The Proprietors, after having Leave from his Excellency, gave 
it the Name of Point Shirley. 

Preston. — Yesterday Morning about Eight o'Clock, Mr. Daniel Pres- 
ton, jun. Son of Capt. [Daniel] Preston, of Dorchester, being in a canoe, 
near Thompson's Island, a gunning for wild-Fowl, and having shot down 
a Loon he stood to charge his Gun again, but while he was about it, a 
Gun which lay charg'd over the Head of another Canoe, at a little Dis- 
tance, accidentally went off and shot him in the Jaws and Head, whereby 
he was wounded in such a terrible manner that he died presently after.* — 
News-Letter, April 5th, 1744. 

* He was in the 23d year of his age. See Blake's Annals, p. 58. 

112 Gleanings. [April, 


[By W. II. W.J 


[From originals, in the possession of C. II. Morse.] 

6" of 7 th mo. 1053. Elizabeth Cunningham testifies that she called 
on William Ilumphres the day after he mad-' his will, and moved him to 
leave something to his father in England. He refused, leaving all to his 
father Houchin and his mistress, Elizabeth Ilouehin. 

28", 3 d mo. 1G53. James Oliver to William Payne, a bill subscribed 
by Philip Gorrell & William Cramp. 

f 2, 1663. Jam* hbor, aged about 4G, testifies at Boston about 

the Iron works at Branny. 

June 17, lf>67. Grace Pitta of Ipswich appoints her loving brother 
Robert Tounseind of 1. — her attorney in a suit against Edward (love. 
Witnessed by John Barr, and Joseph Browne. 

21, 4 th mo. 1GG9. G a aged about 38, saw John Godfrey 

at Mr. Curres ferry, on Newbury side, !;-. Daniel Ela of Haverhill, 

Marshall Lord, and Simond Tul , 

May 14, 1G77. Richard Bourne of Sandwich gives to grandchild John 
Bourn, son Job Bourn. 


(From a MS. in my on.] 

A Council of Fourteen Churches convened at Watertown, Tuesday, 1. 
171*2. Upon the Desire of tbc Two Churches there, Complaining of Dis- 
orderly Proceedings among several People in the Town. 

After Solemn Invocation of the Glorious Cod and thorough Examina- 
tion of the Matters laid before us, (which the Persons principally Com- 
plained of Declined to Attend, when fair!}- Notified) Have Declared as 

1. We Apprehend that the Neighbours who have of late been Com- 
bined and have subscribed to form a Third Congregation in the middle of 
Watertown, have done what has a tendency to Defeat the Good Intentions 
of our nursing Fathers in the Civill Government, Whose Direction for 
the Establishing of Two Precincts and Churches in W T atertown, appears 
to be evidently calculated for the General Welfare of the Place, the In- 
terest of Religion, the Period of Contention, and the Reasonable Ease ot 
the Inhabitants ; and their attempts that way are therefore to be blamed, 
and such may not expect Countenance from the People of God. 1 Pet. 
2 : 13, 15 ; 1 Cor. 10 : 31 ; Rom. 14, 15. 

1859.] Gleanings. 113 

2. It Appears that the Small Number of Brethren, who have Attempted 
the formation of a New Church in Watertown were guilty of much Dis- 
order, and violated their solemn Covenant, when they signed their Pri- 
vate Covenant, before they had or asked a Dismission from the Church to 
which they belonged, and the Church have had weighty Reasons to de- 
cline the granting of them a Dismission from them when they afterwards 
requested it. Wo hereby Declare that they are still to be Declared as 
members of that Church, who indeed may treat them as Offenders and as 
lyablc to their Holy Discipline on this Occasion, and they are not to be 
Owned as a Distinct Church in Watertown. Heb. 10 : 25 ; 1 Pet. 5:5; 
Ezek. 17 : 18, 19. 

3. It Appears that Mr. Robert Sturgeon to qualify himself for purposes 
which he had frequently promised not to prosecute without due advice and 
Direction, obtained for himself a Private Ordination at an House of Bos- 
ton, from the Hands of Three Ministers, Lately arrived from, and Two of 
them returning to, Ireland ; And this, without the Advice or Knowledge 
of any of the United Ministers of Boston, or any other Pastors or Churches 
that we can learn of in the Province, and also without any publick or 
previous Publication of what was intended, and that afterwards in a Pri- 
vate House, from the single Hand of Mr. McGregory, Minister of Nut- 
field, He received an Installment with a pastoral I charge of a few of the 
said Brethren at a Church in Watertown. Whereupon he has gone on to 
the Publick Actions of a Pas tour to a flock there. These proceedings 
We Judge to be full of Irregularitya and carry in them a very undue im- 
putation upon the Churches in this Country, and threaten the Introduction 
of the Utmost Confusion among us, and are very ill requital of the Broth- 
erly Kindness wherewith Strangers of North-Britain and Ireland have 
been Embraced and Honoured among us, and require a publick Testi- 
mony to be borne against them-, and in that Testimony a Rebuke is 
particularly Due to Mr. McGregory, whose Conduct has Expresst so 
much Temerity, Presumption and Intrusion as is greatly Offensive unto us, 
Nor may he Expect the regards of a minister in our Churches untill we 
have received suitable satisfaction from Him, for the Insult he has made 
upon that good order of our Churches, and particularly his acting in 
Defvance of the late Council in that Place. Act. 13 : 2, 3 ; 1 Tim. 5 : 
22 ; 1 Cor. 14 : 33, 40 : 1 Cor. 10 : 16. 

4. As we cannot but commend our Brethren of the Western Precinct 
of Watertown for their proceeding so far as they have already done in 
the erecting the new meeting house as also in the seasonable remon- 
strances to Mr. Robert Sturgeon and his party, adding our advice that 
they take all speedy and proper measures for the Settlement of all 
Ordinances among them to which we pressingly exhort the neighbors 
who have Subscribed to a Separate Intention to fall in, with a Due con- 
currence ; — so we Encourage our Brethren in the Eastern Precinct with 
all suitable Expedition to do what they have been directed to by the late 
Council either by Obtaining the Removal of the Middle Meeting house to 
School House Hill, or Building a New One there. 

5. We Do with all Solemnity admonish the Brethren who have been 
trying to set up a third church in W 7 atertown, together with the person 
whom they have so unadvisedly owned as their Pastour, to Repent of, and 
Depart from their Disorderly and Schismaticall Proceedings, lest it be- 
come more manifest unto all men, that the Glorious Lord Who walks in 
the Midst of the Golden Candlesticks and who hates the works of them 


114 Gle^Jiijigs. [April, 

that turn aside, and who is terrible from his holy places, is Displeased at 
the Way they have taken ; We particularly declare that Mr. Robert 
Sturgeon has no right to the Office of a Pastour amongst them, and ought 
no longer to preach or exercise any part of the Ministry in the place 
where he now is, and that the people ought not to countenance it, and 
that we Judge him unworthy to be Employed in any of the Churches till 
he has made a Publick Satisfaction. 

To Conclude, We exhort Mr. Sturgeon and his Adherents that they 
would not treat the Admonition which we give unto them in the Discharge 
of our Duty to our Glorious Lord, — and unto them and unto all our 
Churches, — with the same Contempt which they have cast on the advice 
of the late Council of Churches but that they yield a Ready and Willing 
Complyance therewith as they would avoid a farther and more awful 
Censure upon their Offences. 

Finally, Brethren, be of one Mind, live in Peace, and the God of Love 
and Peace be with You. 

Cotton Mather, Moderator. 


The Hazzard and the Unprofitableness Of Losing a Soul, For the 
sake of Gaining the World ; Evidenced In a Sermon, on Mat. XVI. 26. 
By John Barnard, A. M. Boston, Printed and Sold by Timothy Green, 
in Middle-Street, 1712. 

Small 8vo. 53 p. On the reverse of the title-page, u Imprimatur, J. 

Was there any license then requisite for printing? 


In Drake's Boston, p. 541, is an account of the Great Fire, Oct. 2, 1711. 
The author does not appear to have seen Dr. Increase Mather's " Burn- 
ings Bewailed,' 1 which sermon was preached on the occasion. It is a 
very curious production, and contains some historical matter. I quote 
from it — " The Fire we Bewail This Day, is supposed to be Occasioned 
by a wicked Drunken Woman." He gives the following remarkable 
reason for the fire, and prophecy of it : — " But has not God's Holy Day 
been Prophaned in New-England 1 Has it not been so in Boston this 
Last Summer, more than ever since there was a Christian here ? Have 
not Burdens been carried through the Street on the Sabbath Day ? Nay, 
have not Bakers, Carpenters, and other Tradesmen been Employed in 
Servile Works, on the Sabbath-Day ? When I saw this .... My Heart 
said, Will not the Lord for this Kindle a Fire in Boston?" 


In the Register, XL, 241, mention is made of Samuel Boyes and wife 
Lydia. The History of New London says, Alexander Pygan m. 2 d , 
Lydia, widow of Samuel Boyes, Apr. 15, 1684. Her son, by the first 
marriage, Samuel Boyes, was born Dec. 6, 1673. 

1859.] > Gleanings. 115 


The following letter, copied from the original in possession of J. W. 
Thornton, Esq., has been published in the Historical Magazine, but its 
genealogical interest authorizes its republication here : — 

London, y e 5 Sept. 1672. 
Dear Coussen, — I have reed yours by your Brother Symonds, whom 
I did only see once, wherein I doe not only heare of your life but of 
many others ; I desire to be thankfull to God who hath soe provided, dis- 
posed and blest you with the blessing of Children, y e Lord make them 
blessings to you that they may be blest in themselves. God having given 
them grace, and counted them worthy, having attained unto learning if it 
please the Lord to make them instrumental to serve Christ in Church or 
state it will be happy. And now before I goe any further I must take 
you of [f] from suspition of unnaturalncss, which I cannot in the least 
charge my selfe with, all you [are] pleased to say ; I may remember 1 
saw such a one in [Neiv ?] England for that I doe not remember I ever 
saw you above once, which was at your mother's house In New England ; 
but I very well remember you from a child, and when you were in Hol- 
land, you and your cousin John Lake, with us, and rejoyce you were 
under soe worthy a person for tuition as your grandfather; besides, I well 
remember your family of y e Eppes, for 1 was brought up with them from 
my youth and received many kindnessess from them, they being worthy 
persons. I know not any that came from thence that I saw, but I made 
inquiries after you ; while your mother lived we constantly wrote one to 
another, and she always gave me an accompt [of] her children and y e 
blessed condition of your sister Est * * * who was a pretious christian, 
and of your sister M * * * 

[Large portion of the MSS. torn off.] 

I shall trouble you no further at this time, but desire my affectionate love 
to your wife and all your children, my service to your father Symonds, 
my coussen, and not forgetting old Mr. Bourman, Mr. Rogers and their 
wifes if alive ; my great respects to them ; I should be glad to hear of 
them ; soe desiring y e Lord to bless you and y™ I remain your loving 
kinswoman, Lidia Bankes. 

I had much respect for your Aunt Lake, but just as I was writing, I 
heard of her death ; if there be any of her children remember mee to 

My sister Rcade and coussen Samuel present their service to you, and 
would have wrot but that they hope you have reed their letters. 

It is evidently addressed to Daniel Eppes of Ipswich, who m. Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Hon. Samuel Symonds, and died Jany 8, 1693, aged 
about 68. Symonds married for his second wife, Rebecca, widow of 
Daniel Eppes : She died July 21, 1695, aged 78, and if her first husband 
was father of our Daniel, she was not his mother. 

The " aunt Lake" was, without doubt, Mrs. Margaret Lake, who died 
in Ipswich, Sept. 1672, and it seems probable the rumor had reached 
England of her probable decease. This Mrs. Margaret Lake of New 
London is called by Roger Williams, in a letter to Gov. John Winthrop of 
Connecticut, (see History of New London, p. 44,) u your dearest and 
Kind sister." It has been surmised that she was sister to Winthrop's wife, 
Elizabeth, daughter of Col. Edward Reed of Wickford, Co. Essex, a step- 
daughter of Hugh Peters. 

116 Whiton. ' [April, 

The following Pedigree of the Lakes is from a manuscript compiled by 
J. W. Thornton, Esq. :— 

" Lake of Normanton .... a branch of which family is as follows : 

Anne, = Richard Lake = Anne. dau. of Morclly, 

dau. of Ed. Wardell, 
of Keelby, Co. Lincoln 

of Erbj, 

Co. Lincoln. 

of Claxhy, Co. Line. 

Sir Edward Lake, Rart. Thomai = Mary, dau. of John. 

Stephen ( ioodycar. 

d. 1G71. of Ronton, d \ 

1G, 61. 

<>i" .New Haven. 

Thomas, b. Feb. 9 I Mary. John. Stephen. Edward. Anne ■■ Rev. John Cotton 

d. May 25 171 1. heir to of Hampden, end Id, 

Ins half-uncle. Rev. Increase Mather. 

The only explanation of the puzzle we ran offer is that John Winthrop's 
wife had a brother who married Lydia Bankes 1 sister Reade, and thus 
Symonds, called a cousin, would be a kind of connection, and we might 

assume that the term cousin meant oniy a relative, as often happens. 

— Ed. Reed— Gov. J. Winthrop «- 

Lydia Hanks ■ — Read I. eth « John a dau. — Baml Bjmoada. 

And Eppcs would likewise be a relative. 1 think it very probable that 
the relation was through the Symonds and not through the Bppes or 
Lakes. The Symonds were of Yieldham, Co, Bssex, as well as the 
Reeds, while the Lakes were settled in Lincolnshire; and I should judge 
the presumption would be that there was no marriage between th( 
families, settled at such a distance apart. 

Could Cppes 1 cousin, John Lake, he the s<»n of Mrs. Margaret Lake, 
and she be the widow of John, the brother of '1 nomas Lake? I fear con- 
jecture will run riot on these points, and despair of any solution, until 
the Reed pedigree be carefully investigated. 

Whiton. — I find the following Record of Births on the blank leaf of a 
Sermon, preached by Rev. William Cook of East Sudbury, at the ordina- 
tion of Mr. Samuel Baldwin of Hanover, December ], i756. — Charles 
II. Morse, Cambridgeport, Mass., December, 1858. 

Thomas Whiton was Born December the 29 old stile 1718. 

Lydia Whiton was Born December the 22 old stile 1719. 

Our Son Thomas was Born June the 3 old stile 1743. 

Our Daughter Lydia was Born May the 21 old stile 1745. 

Our Son Ozias was Born July the 20 old stile 1746. 

Our Daughter Lucy was Born January 27 old stile 1748. 

Our Daughter Sarah was Born November the 16 old stile 1749. 

Our Son James was Born July the 26 old stile 1751. 

Our Son Elias was Born February the 18 new stile 1753. 

Our Son Asa was Born April the 2 new stile 1755. 

Our Daughter Prisse was Born March the 14 new stile 1757. 

Our Daughter Sele was Born June the 8 new stile 1759. 

Our Son Caleb was Born August the 9 new stile 1761. 

Benjamin Whiton Died January 22 1783 in the nintyeth year of his age. 

1859.] The Osgood Family in New England. 117 

[P>y 0. M. Exdicott, Salem, Mass.] 

Between the years lG.'M and 1010 there emigrated to New England 
three persons by the name of Osgood, or Ossgood as the name was 
originally written, namely, John, Christopher, and William, who appear 
to have been brothers. Christopher took the had in this emigration, his 
name being found in the list of passengers by the Mary and John, Capt. 
Sayrcs, of London, in March, 1633-4, and was made a freeman, 1G May, 
1635. John followed about 1637 or 8, and was made a freeman, 22 May, 
1639. We have no certain information that William emigrated before 
lb' 10, in which year he built a barn in Newbury for a Mr. John Spencer. 
Christopher settled in Ipswich, where he was residing in 1635, and died 
there in 1650, leaving a widow and six children. William settled in 
Salisbury, where he died in 1700, at a very advanced age. Farmer says, 
but upon what authority 1 do not know, that he was horn in 1609. John 
settled in Andover in Kill or 5, where he died 2\ Oct. 1651, at the age 
of 56, having previously resided in Ipswich and Newbury. Was also 
one of the original grantees of Winnacunet, afterwards Hampton, but 
does not appear to have resided there. It is a somewhat singular fact, 
that each of the brothers reared a family of two sons and four daughters. 
In 1690 a Kobcrt Osgood was residing in Scituate m this State. What 
connection, if any, existed between him and the families of John, Christo- 
pher and William does not appear. It is certain that he was not descend- 
ed from either, and, as none of his antecedents are found in this country, 
we must conclude he was a new emigration, lie resided in that part of 
Scituate then known as " Conihasset," and married Sarah, daughter of 
Anthony Dodson, and had one son, David, born 1700, and perhaps others. 
The Osgoods of South Carolina who emigrated there with the l)or- 
Chester emigrants, may be his descendants. Rev. John Osgood, of this 
branch, graduated at II. C. 1733, and died 1773, aged 70. We do not 
consider it established, with certainty, from what part of England this 
family came. Coffin, in his History of Newbury, states that John Os- 
good came from Andover in Hampshire. We have also seen another 
account which claims him for the county of Norfolk ; but we are inclined 
to believe that neither is correct. It appears by his will, his wife's name 
was Sarah, and in the list of passengers by the ship Confidence at South- 
ampton, April 11, 1638, was a " Sarah Osgood" and four children; oc- 
cupation — " spinster." This, I have no doubt, was the wife of John, and 
tho four children were, Sarah, John, Mary, and Elizabeth. The place from 
wdience she came is there called " Horrell," which, abating somewhat for 
Cockncyisms in those days, I have no doubt is intended for " Orrell" a 
town in Lancashire, not far from Liverpool, inasmuch, as no such place 
as " Horrell" can be found in any part of England. This was also the 
county from which Richard Mather, father of Increase, emigrated three 
years before. The husband of Mrs. Osgood no doubt preceded her, to 
"espy out the land" and sent for his family, which was a common cir- 
cumstance with the first settlers. 

The 12 of April 1650 in the age of the testator 54 born in 1595 July 23 
In the name off God Amen. I John Ossgood off Andover in the county of Essex in 

New England Being Sick of Body But in perfect memory do iustitut and mak my last 

will & Testament in manner and forme as foloweth 

118 The Osgood Family in Ncic England. [April, 

Inprimis I give & bequeath my soule into the hand of God my heavenly flather 
Through the medyation of Jesus Christ my Blessed Saviour and Redeemer my Body 
to the earth from whence it was taken my Good and chattels as followcth 

Inprimis I do give Unto my Sonn John Ossgood my hous and hous lot with all 
acomodations thereunto Belonging Broaken Up and Unbroaken Up land with all tho 
medow ther Unto be longing fforever with the proviso that my wife Sarah Osgood shall 
have the movetv or the on half of the hous and lands and mcadowes during her naturall 

It I do give & Bequeath to my Sonn Stephen Ossgood 23 pounds to be payd at 21 
yeares of age in Country pay 

It I do give to my daughter Alary Ossgood 2."> pounds to be paydal I • off 

age in Country pay 

It I do give to my <later Elizabeth 1 2."> pounds to be payd at 18 years off 

age in ( lountry pay 

It I do give and Bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Ossgood 25 pounds to be 

payd at 18 years in Country pay 

It 1 do i:ive to my daughter Sarah Clements 20a. 

It I d" give to her daughter Bakafa ii" shillings to be payd when she ii 7 yeares of 
Bui if she dy before that time to be null 

It I do give my servanl Caleb Johnsoon one Cow Calf to Be payd 3 years Be for 
\\\< time [a out, and to be kept at the cost off my executor till his time i^ out 

It I do give to the meeting hous off Newbery 18 shillings to Buie a Chushion ffor 
the minister to lay his Hook upon all the rest of my Goods and chattels nnbe- 
queathed 1 d«> give unto ni_\ sonn John < tesgood and to Sarah my wife whom I 
do make Joynt executors of my Last will «.v testament v.<. in win of set 

my hand \ teale 

John ( >S8gOOd 

I do intreat John Clement of Haverill and Nicholas Hoult ofAndoi r to he over- 
seers of this my Last Will and testament 

By i 
In presence off John Ossgood 

Joseph Parker 
Richard Barker 

joiin ,\M> sarab Osgood's children. 

1. Sarah,' m. John Clements, June l. 1648, 2. Johnf(i)* b. 1681, 
in. Mary Clements, Nov. lt>. l(>r>:>. :>. Muni,' m. Henry mgalls, July 6, 
1653; d. Dec. 16,1686. 1. Elizabeth? m. John Brown, Oct 12, 1659. 
;>. Stephen* t)b. 1638, m. Mary Hooker, Oct. 24, 1663. (J. Hannah? 
b. 1644, m. Sam. Archer, May 21, 1660. 

- on i) GENERATION. 

2. John' Osgood, b. about 1631, in ()I<1 England. He was the eldest 
son of the preceding, and came to New England with his mother at 7 
years of age, Waa a yeoman, and lived in Andover. Was often a 
selectman of that town and Deputy to th< ( I Qeral Court, in 1666 and 
1669, also in 16S9 and 90. Married Mary, dau. of Rev. Robert Clements 
of Haverhill, Nov. 16,1653. She was from Coventry in Warwickshire. 
She was indicted by the grand jury fur witchcraft in 1692, upon her own 
confession, and afterwards, 19 Oct. 1692, recanted her confession to 
Cotton Mather. [Vide Mass. Hist. Coll., 2 s., vol. 3, p. 222.] It is a 
curious document, and illustrates how the inquisitors extorted confes- 
sions out of their victims. He died Aug. 21, 1693. Children : — 

7. John* J) b. Sept. 3, 1654, m. Hannah Avres, Oct. 17, 1681. 8. 

Mary* b. Nov. 27, 1656, m. John Aslet of Boston, July 8, 1680; d. 

1740, a. 84. 9. Timothy *(t) b. Aug. 10, 1659, m. Deborah Poor, May 

29, 1689. 10. Lydia* b. Aug. 12, 1661, m. James Frve, Jan. 20, 

1679-80; d. April 14, 1741, a. 80. 11. Peter ,*(t) b. Aug. 30, 1663, m. 

[* "We have added this mark to denote that the individual has a family given in this 
genealogy ; to find which, see the number in heavy figures (2 in this case) of the person 
-at the beginning of a paragraph.] 

1859.] The Osgood Family in Nciv England. 119 

Martha Ayrcs ; was a tanner, and lived in Salem, Mass. 12. Samuel* (t) 
b. March 10, 1665, m. Hannah Dane in 1702. 13. Sarah* b. April 7, 
1667; d. April 22, 1667. 14. Mehetahle* b. March 4, 1671, m. Daniel 
Poor, April 25, 1688. 15. Hannah* b. May 30, 1674; d. Aug. 3, 1674. 
16. Sarah, 3 b. Nov. 4, 1675, m. Thomas Perlev. 17. Ebenezer* b. Oct. 
4, 1678; d. Aug. 18, 1680. 18. Clement* b. Oct. 12, 1680; d. Nov. 
18, 1680. 

5. Stephen 2 Osgood, b. about 1638, in Ipswich or Newbury. Lived 
in Andover, Mass. Married Mary Hooker, Oct. 24, 1663. Took the 
freeman's oath, May 19, 1669. Died of small pox, 15 Jan. 1690-1. Will 
dated Jan. 13, 1690-1. Proved, March 31, 1691. Children :— 

19. Stephen* b. March 11, 1665; d. Oct. 1, 1667. 20. Hwker* (i) 
b. Aug. 24, 1668, m. Dorothy Wood, April 13, 1692. 21. Stephen* (t) 
b. Aug. 16, 1670, m. Hannah Blanchard, Oct. 4, 1699. 22. Joseph* (t) 
b. June 1, 1673, m. Mary Marble, May 8, 1700. 23. Man/* h. March 
4, 1678 ; d. previous to 1691, and is not mentioned in her father's will. 


7. Lieut. John 3 Osgood, b. Sept. 3, 1651. Lived in Andover. Mar- 
ried, Oct. 17, 1681, Hannah Ay its of Haverhill. Took the freeman's 
oatli, 18 April, 1691. Was one of the selectmen of Andover. Died, 
1725, a. 71. Will dated Feb. 2, 1724-5. Proved, May 11, 1725. His 
widow died in 1735. Children : — 

24. John, 4 b. June 28, 1683, m. Hannah Abbot, Sept. 16, 1708; d. 
Nov. 22, 1765; ch. : John, Elizabeth, Joseph, Dorcas and Mary. 25. 
Ebenezer* b. March 16, 1685, m. Rebecca Symmes of Bradford, Dec. 20, 
1710 ; died, 1766 ; ch. : Ebenezer, Rebecca, Susannah, Ruth. 26. 
Nathaniel, 4 b. Jan. 6, 1687. Lived in Salem; m. Hannah Buttolph, 
grand-daughter of John and Alice Pickering, March 27, 1710; d. 1756; 
children : Hannah, Nathaniel, John. Benjamin, Mary, Jeremiah, William, 
Sarah. 27. Jeremiah, 4 b. Jan. 16, 1689 ; *d. Apia! 7, 1689. 28. Jeremiah, 4 
b. July 11, 1691 ; lived in Haverhill ; was a joiner ; d. 1737 : ch. : Hubbard, 
Jeremiah. 29. Daniel, 4 b. July 19, 1693; m. Sarah [ngalls, June 23, 
1724, no children ; non compos, 1751 ; died, 175 4, and his property was di- 
vided, in 1759, among his brothers John, Ebenezer, a currier, Nathaniel of 
Salem, Jeremiah, William of Pomfret, Ct., Josiah, and sister Hannah. 
30. William* b. 1697, m. 1st, Sarah, who died in 1728; m. 2d, Mary 
Applcton of Ipswich ; moved to Pomfret, 1747 ; ch. : Mary, Zachariah, 
Hannah, Sarah, William, Appleton, Susan, all born at Andover. 31. 
Hannah, 4 b. June 24, 1699, m. 1st, Theodore Barnard, April 30, 1717; 
m. 2d, Samuel. Osgood, Nov. 9, 1727 ; m. 3d, Nathaniel Frye, Jan. 24, 
1750-1 ; had one son, Theodore, by her first husband, baptized Oct. 28, 
1722.. 32. Benjamin, 4 b. Aug. 28, 1700; d. young, and is not men- 
tioned in his father's will. 33. Samuel, 4 b. July 8, 1704 ; d. young, and 
is not mentioned in his father's will. 34. Josiah, 4 b. July 13, 1706 ; was 
a blacksmith, and lived in Andover ; m. 1st, Abigail Day ; m. 2d, Hannah 
Kittredgc ; d. May 8, 1780; children by Abigail : Abigail, Josiah, Abigail, 
Solomon; chil. bv Hannah: Jacob, Benjamin, Daniel, Jonathan; wife 
Abigail died Oct. 24, 1747 ; wife Hannah died Oct. 20, 1780. 

9. Timothy 3 Osgood, b. Aug. 10, 1659. Yeoman, and lived in Ando- 
ver ; m. 1st, Deborah Poor, 29 May, 1689 ; m. 2d, Mary Poole of Lynn, 
between 1727 and 30; took the freeman's oath, 18 April, 1691 ; d. Sept. 
18, 1748, a. 89. Will dated Dec. 5, 1743 ; proved Dec. 12, 1748. Wife 
Mary, Executors son Timothy, and grandson Peter, who was the father of 

120 The Osgood Family in New England. [April, 

Isaac, commonly known as " Clark'''' Osgood. The following children 
are named in his will, with the exception of Peter and Isaac, who must 
have died before him: — 

35. Mary? b. Aug. 8, 1690 ; not married in 1743, at the date of her 
father's will. 36. Timothy? b. Aug. 22, 1693; lived in Andover ; m. 

Mary ; d. 1773; son Thomas and dau. Mary Osgood, Ex" ; widow 

died 1778; ch. : Peter, Timothv, Thomas, Isaac, Mary, Deborah, Phebe, 
Hannah. 37. Sarah? b. Aug. 8, 1697; m. Samuel Frye, March 26, 
1719 ; d. April 6, 1760, a. 64. Had 9 children. Was grandmother of 
Love Frye, who m. for her 2d husband, Admiral Sir John Knight of the 
British Navy. Lady Knight, whose father was Col. Peter Frye of Salem, 
died at her seat near London in 1839. 38. Peicr? b. May 31, 1699 ; d. 
before his father, 1748, and ia not mentioned in his will. 39. Deborah? 
m. Swan, and died previous to 1743, and left four children, men- 
tioned in her father's will. 40. Isaac? b. 1708 ; d. previous to 1743, 
and is not mentioned in his father's will. 

11. Peter 8 Osgood, b. Aug. 30, 1663. Was a tanner and lived in 
Salem, Mass.; deacon of the I>t Church, Dee. 15, 1718; m. Martha 
Ayrea of Haverhill, May 19, 1690. Was 7 years a Representative to the 
General Court from Salem. Died 'J 1 Sept. 1753, a. 90. His widow d. 
Sept. 10, 1762, a. 92. Will dated Feb. 11. L 752-3; proved Oct. 1, 
1753. Executrix, his wife, Martha Osgood. Children : — 

41. Mary? b. April 1T>, 1691; m. Benjamin Woodbridge, Sept. 9, 
1714. Had 11 children. Was the only child living at the decease of 
her father. 42. Samwl? b. Nov. (J, 1 695, Was a currier, and lived in 
Salem; m. Abigail Walk, Jan. 1, 1720: d. 17 11. Administratrix, 3 
Sopt. 1711, his widow Abigail. Ch. : Abigail, Martha ; the first m. a 
Callay, the last was not married in 1762. 43. Peter* b. June 2, 1697 ; 
d. previous to 1753, and is not mentioned in his father's will. 41. John? 
b. June 16, 1700; d. previous to 1753, and is not mentioned in his father's 
will. 45. William? b. Dec. 23, 1702 ; liar. Coll., 1721 ; d. 1745. 46. 
James? b. Aug. 6, 1705; H. C, 1721. Was settled in the ministry at 
Stoneham. Died, 1745. Is said to be the only minister that lias re- 
mained with his people in Stoneham until death. Ch. named in his 
father's will, John Fisk and Abigail. John Fisk Osgood was living in 
Boston in 1773 and had two children, both daughters. 

12. Samuel 3 Osgood, b. March 10, 1665. Lived in Andover. Mar- 
ried Hannah Dane, grand-daughter of the Rev. Francis Dane, in 1702. 
Died in 1717. Administration on his estate, June 17, 1717. Adminis- 
tratrix, his widow, Hannah. She married again, Nov. 5, 1724, James 
Pearson of Lynn, Mass. Children : — 

47. Samuel? b. 13, 1702; m. his cousin Hannah, 4 31, dau. of 

John 3 Osgood, 7, and widow of Theodore Barnard, Nov. 9, 1727. No 
children. Died 1748. Administratrix, his widow Hannah, 18 July, 1748. 
She subsequently married Nath. Frye, Jan. 24, 1751. 48. Hannah? b. 
1704. 49. Mary? b. 1706 ; m. Simeon Orne, Sept. 16, 1730. 50. 
Sarah? b. 1709 ; m. Joseph Lunt, Nov. 24, 1738. 51. James? b. 1707. 
Was living in Andover, 6th May, 1731, per deed to Sam. Osgood, his 
brother, et als , in which he is called " Husbandman.'''' 52. Mehitabcl? 
b. 1711. 53. Dean? b. July 27, 1714. Was a hatter and lived in Bos- 
ton; m. Mary . Ch. : Samuel, b. 1 Sept. 1738 ; Dean, b. 19 Aug. 

1740. 54. Lydia? b. Oot. 20, 1716 ; m. John Johnson, Dec. 29, 1738. 

20. Hooker 3 Osgood, b. Aug. 24, 1668. Lived in Andover and was 
a saddler by trade. Married Dorothy Wood, April 13, 1692. Children : — 

1859. J Tileslon. 121 

55. Hooker , 4 b. March 26, 1693. Lived in Worcester Co., where his 
will is recorded in 1765. 56. Joshua* b. Sept. 2, 1694. 57. Jonathan* 

b. Sept. 16, 1696. 58. David,* b. Oct. 8, 1698. 59. Benjamin* b. 

1700. 60. Moses* 1702. 61. Aaron* b. April 3, 1706. 62. 

Dorothy* b. 1708. 63. Elizabeth* b. 1710. 

21. Stephen 3 Osgood, b. August 16, 1670. Lived in Andover, South 
Parish, and owned a farm of 185 acres, near Hagget's Pond, which re- 
mains in the family to the present day. Married Hannah Blanchard, 
Oct. 4, 1699. Died 1749. Will dated 15 Nov. 1743. Proved Feb. 12, 
1750. Mis widow died 1774, a. 92. Children :— 

64. Hannah* b. March 4, 1702 ; m. Obadiah Johnson, Feb. 12, 1724. 

Died previous to 1743. 65. Sarah* b. July 8, 1704 ; m. Barnard, 

previous to 1743. 66. Mary* b. 1706 ; m. Jacob Holt, Dec. 29, 1737. 

67. Stephen* b. Aug. 18, 1709; m. Dorcas ; died 1772. Lived in 

Tewksbury. Ch. : Stephen, who lived in the State of Maine, Joseph, 

Peter, Hannah, Mary, Rebecca, Anne. . 68. Lydia, 4 b. 1711; m. 

Hill. 69. Isaac 4 b. 1713. Lived in Andover. Married, 1st, Betsy Flint 
of Danvers, who was the mother of all his children. After her death he 
married Mrs. Ruth Peabody, widow of Thomas Peabody. Ch. : Eliza- 
beth, David, Isaac, Jacob, Kendall. 70. Racharl, 4 b. ; m. Thomas 

Felt, Nov. 24, 1743. 71. Joshua,* b. July 17, 1724; married, and lived 
the latter part of his life in Danvers, near North Reading. Had two sons, 
Aaron and Joshua. 

22. Joseph 3 Osgood, b. June 1, 1673. Lived in Andover, and was a 
tailor by trade. Married Mary Marble, 8 May, 1700. No record of his 
death, or administration on his estate. Children : — 

72. Rebecca 4 b. Dec. 6, 1704 ; m. Joseph Poor, May 20, 1725. 73. 
Mary,* b. Jan. 12, 1711. 74. Joseph,* b. Feb. 9, 1713; d. in infancy. 
75. Jerusha* b. Feb. 10, 1720. 76. Joseph 4 b. Dec. 10, 1721. 
End of the Third Generation of John Osgood. 

We propose to give, with permission of the Editor, in the next number, 
the Will of Christopher Osgood and three generations of his descendants. 

-+ »»■ — ►- 


[Communicated by J. Gardner TViiite.] 

The family of this name were doubtless so called from their residence 
in Tilston, Cheshire, Eng. One branch altered the name to Tillotson 
about 1600, of which family was John, Archbishop of Canterbury. In 
the year 1580 there was living at Huxley in Cheshire a Thomas Tilston 
who may have been an ancestor of the Tilestons of Dorchester, Mass. 

1. Thomas 1 Tileston, born 1611, was a grantee of land in Dorchester, 
1634, a freeman 1636, and died June 24, 1694. He appears to have 
been an enterprising man, and it was he who set out the elms on the 
meeting house hill in 1676, which were cut down in 1775. He married 

Elizabeth , and had the following children : 2. I. Ti?nothy, 2 (i) 

born 1636. 3. n. Elizabeth, 2 b. 1639, died unmarried. 4. ni- Naomi, 2 
died young. 5. iv. Ruth, 2 m. Richard Denton, Dec. 11, 1657, she be- 
ing quite young, and after his death m. Timothy Foster of Scituate. 
6. v. Bathsheba? b. 1649, m. John Payson of Roxbury. 7. vi. One- 
siphorus, 2 b. 1651, succeeded to his father's estate. 8. vn. Cornelius 2 d. 
in Dorchester, July 20, 1659. 

122 Tileston. [April, 

2. Timothy 2 Tileston, first son of the above, was born 1636, a free- 
man 1666, a representative 1689. He was a cooper by trade, and bought 
the tide-mill, now known as u Tileston's Mill," which has remained in the 
family to the present time. He married Sarah Bridgman, May 3, 1659, 
and died Aug. 10, 1697, having issue : 9. I. Timothy?{\) born 1664. 
9J. ii. Cornelius? bapt. 7 (8) 1668. 10. ill. Sarah? b. 1671. 11. iv. 
Thomas? b. Oct. 19, 1675. He was a Colonel and an important man in 
the Colony/ He d. Oct. 21, 1745. 12. v. James,\i) b. 1678. 13. vi. 
Elizabeth, 3 bapt. 1 (2) 1666 ; m. Robert Spur. 14. VII. Ann? 

9. Timothy 3 Tileston, the eldest son of the above, was born 1664. 
His will was made Dec. 21, 1736, and proved Feb. 8, 1736-7. His 
children were: 15. i. Timothy, \t) d. June 30, 1755. 16. n. John* 

bapt. Feb. 2, 1701. 17.* III. Hannah? m. dishing. (?) 18. iv. 

Elizabeth? m. Burr. 19. v. Come Hus? bapt Feb. 8, 1708, ad- 
mitted to the Old South Church, Boston, Oct. 2(>\ 17-29. 20. vi. One- 
sij)horus?(f) bapt. Oct. 8, 1710. 21. vn. Rebecca*- 

12. James 1 Tileston, brother of the above Timothy, was horn 1678, 
removed to Boston, and was one of the founders of the Second Church in 
that city. He was a housew right, and died prior to February, 17 10. 
His children were: 22. i. James? bapt. May 21, 1704. 23. n. John? 
bapt. Jan. 13, 1706, d. Oct. 7, 1721, buried on Copp's Hill. 24. in. Ma- 
rt/? bapt. Dee. 26, 1708. 25. iv. Joseph? bapt. Aug. 19, 1711. 

15. Timothy 4 Tileston died June 30, 1755, leaving: 26. i. Timo- 
thy? b. 1728, d. April, 1819. 27. n. KzekieP in. Sarah , who d. June 9, 

1766. He afterward m. a Widow Hill, and may bave n moved to Boston. 
(He had a son, viz. : 2s. i. Ezekiel, 1 l>. 1757, d. May 1, 1812, leaving 
children.) 29. in. Nathaniel? b. 1736, (had issue: 30. I. Ebcnozcr l). e ) 

20. Onesiphorus 4 Tileston, brother of the above Timothy, b. 1710, 
removed to Boston, and was admitted to the New South Church, Sept. 11, 

1735. He married Judith , who was admitted to the New South Ch. 

Oct. 19, 1735. He was a house w right by trade, and a man of wealth. 
He was a Selectman, and Captain of the Artillery Company, 1762. His 
mansion was in Purchase Street, opposite his wharf, lb' died 1771, and 
was buried in the Park Street (Old Granary) Burying Ground. The in- 
ventory of his estate, taken 1772, amounted to £7279. 17. 4. He had 
issue: 31. i. Thomas? J) bapt. Sept. 21,1735. 32. n. Onesiphorus? 
bapt. Aurr. 23, 1741, died voung. 33. in. Sarah? bapt Oct. 3, 1742, m. 
Wm. Clapp, Dec. 1, 1768.' 34. iv. John? bapt. Feb. 12, 1743. 35. v. 
Benjamin? bapt. Sept. 14, 1716. 36. vi. William? bapt. Sept. 30, 1750. 
37. vii. Mary? bapt. Nov. 10, 1751. 38. vin. Onesiphorus? bapt. May 
4, 1755, grad. Harv. Coll. 1774. 39. ix. James? bapt. Aug. 1, 1756. 

31. Thomas 5 Tileston, bapt. Sept. 21, 1735, at the New South Church, 
had issue : 40. Thomas 6 Tileston who m. Lucy How at that church, Oct. 
2, 1783, and was admitted with his wife to the church, Dec. 3, 1786. 
Their chil. were: 41. I. Lucy, 7 bapt. Jan. 7, 1787. 42. n. Thomas, 7 b. 
April 15, 1789, bapt. April 19, at Federal St. Ch. He had issue : 43. I. 
Thomas, 8 bapt. Feb. 28, 1822. 44. n. Lucy How, 8 bapt. Feb. 28, 1822. 

Notes. — Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Tileston, was 
bapt. at the New South Church, Nov. 2, 1729. 

John Tileston, called " the venerable," was born 1734. He was the 
master of the North Writing School, and his salary was fixed, May 15, 
1764, at .£100. He died 1826, aged 92. 

* Hannah Tileston m. Jonathan Jennings at the New South Church, July 8, 1745. 

1859.J Pedigree of C hate or Chewie. 123 

[Communicated by D. Dudley of Boston.] 

The following is the substance of an ancient tabular pedigree, on parchment, now in 
the possession of Mr. Ariel P. Chute of Lynnfield, Mass., who inherited it from his 
ancestors. We do not vouch for the accuracy of its details, though the original manu- 
script bears evidence of being at least one hundred and fifty years old. Portions of the 
manuscript are nearly illegible, but they have all been satisfactorily deciphered. 

At the sides of the pedigree, the coats of arms of the various families with which 
this family has intermarried, are impaled with the arms of Chute. These arms wc 
have described in notes at the end of the article. 

Alexander 1 Chewte [A] of Taunton, in the county of Somerset, A. D. 
1268, had issue : John, 2 Esq. of the same town m. Jane Bromfield, dau. 
of Sir John B. ; and Richard 2 of the time of Edward the First, 1*274. 
, John 2 and Jane had a son Edward, 3 Esq. m. Christiana Chiddock, dau. 
of Sir John C. and had issue, temp. Edward III., 1308: Phillip, 4 Esq. 
of Taunton, m. the daughter of Sir John Brittan [I] ; James, 4 m. the 
daughter of Richard Greenfield ; Anthony, 4 m. Anna Indford [or Ind- 
fortc], and d. s. p. 

Phillip, 4 Esq. had issue : George, 5 m. the dau. of Thomas Faril, Esq., 
about 1344; and Jane, 5 m. John Cameron, Knight. 

George 6 had Ambrose, 6 Esq. of Taunton, m. Amabel Chittester, [J] 
dau. of Sir John C," and had Edward 7 and Christian. 7 The former m., 
about 1379, Dionis, dau. of Henry Sturton [B] [or Stourton] ; the latter, 
Christian, 7 m. Ralph Mansell, Esq. 

Edward 7 and Dionis had Henry, 8 1420, m. the dau. of Edward Hash- 

erfield, Esq. ; William, 8 m. , and d. s. p. ; Anthony, 8 m. the dau. of 

Sir John Clifton, and had Christopher 9 of Hertfordshire, who m. the dau. 
of Richard Wellgrave, Esq., and Robert, 9 Sargeant at law, and later, 
Baron of the Exchequer, lived to the reign of Henry VI. 

Henry 8 had issue : Robert, 9 Esq. of Taunton, m. Alice, dau. of Mark 
Bartley, Esq. [C] ; Anna, 9 m. John Stanley. 

Robert 9 (1438) had Charles, 10 m. the dau. of Sir John Chang, and, 
about 1480, had a son, Edmond, 11 who sold the manor of Taunton to 
Lord Donhare, about 1502. His son and heir, Robert, 12 m. Jane Lucas, [D] 
dau. of John L., and had issue : Oliver, 13 m. the dau. of Relide ; 
Charles, 13 m. the daughter of John Crips of the Isle of Guernsey ; Wil- 
liam, 13 m. the dau. of John Braddelson of Turbridge. 

Charles 13 (1580) had issue : Anthony, 14 m. the dau. of William Gee [E] ; 
and Phillip, 14 m. the dau. of Coolpeppcr [F], and had George, 15 m. a 
lady of Kent, Edward 15 and Anthony. 15 

Anthony, 14 above named, son of Charles, had issue : Anthony, 15 Wil- 
liam, 15 Christopher, 15 and Lionel, 15 m. the dau. of Stephen Greene, and 
had five children — Lionel, 16 m. the dau. of Robert Baker [G] ; George 16 ; 
one, m. ; Charles 16 ; Judith, 16 m. John Edmonson. 

Lionel, 16 Jr. had a son James, 17 who came with his father from Eng- 
land, about 1635, and settled at Ipswich, Mass., where he m. the dau. 

of Epes, Esq. of that place, and had James, 18 who m. the dau. of 

Wood [H], and had issue: 1. Lionel, 19 m. Hannah Cheney; 

2. James, 19 m. Mary Thurston ; 3. Thomas, 19 m. a dau. of Mr. Clarke 
of Boston, and had issue; 4. Mary, 19 m. John Cheney of Newbury; 
5. Elizabeth, 19 m. Andrew Stickney of Newbury ; 6. Anne, 19 m. Thomas 

124 Mitchell [April, 

Brown of Newbury; 7. Martha, 19 m. Josiah Smith of Newbury ; 8. Ruth, 19 

m. John Hurd of Marblehead ; and 9. Hannah, 19 m. Timothy of 


[Here ends the MS. The line to the present time is as follows : — 

James 19 Chute of Byfield m. Mary, dau. of Daniel Thurston, and had 
Capt. Daniel, 20 m. Hannah Adams of Newbury, and had James 21 ; Dea- 
con James, 21 m. Mehetabel Thurston, and had Richard," whose son, Ariel 
P., 23 resides in Lynnficld, and has a son. 24 Mr. Ariel P. Chute has 
inherited the old parchment scroll from which the pedigree and armorial 
bearings, down to ,thc nineteenth generation, have been copied, and the 
coats of arms blazoned by me, at Boston, this 1 Jan. 18f>7. u. D.] 

Coats of Arms depicted upon the Parchment. 

A. Ootid* — Blazoned upon the scroll thus: "The Arms of Chewte alias Chute. 
Gules, Three Swords barways Argent, hilted and pnmeled <>r; and had this addition 
or Agmentation: Simmee of Mullets oine, the middlemost Sword Inconntering the 
first and last; on a Canton Aigent and Vert, a lyon of England; and, for a Crest 
or Cognescnce, a Dexter hand cooped at ye wrist holding of a broken Sword proper. 

Given to Phillip Chewte Capt* of Comber Castle ana Standard hearer to ye men 

of Anns at ve Si illonnge in France by Henry ye Eighth." 

Thi following arms can impaled with Chute. 

B. Sturttmne — [color defaced] betw. six roondles, [col. def.] ■ bend i 

C. Barttey — [col. def.] a chev. erm. betw. ten billets [col. del'.] t & 2 above, and 1, 
2, l below. 

1). / — cru. a bar L r eniellc< sa. betw. six roondles [col. def.] pierced. 

E. G wrt., <>n a chev. ar-., betw. three lions' heads (ur Leopards') eabossed or, 

2 & 1, three Hell _U. 

1'. ( ipeper — org., a bend ;_ r u. engr. 

i . Baker — party per fess, a/, ft MU, in each a martlet or. 

II. Wood [col. del.] on a bend [col. def.] three tleur-dedis [col. def.l 

I. Brittan — cheeky erm. and ur., within a border go., a canton aim, in the dexter 


J. Chittcstcr — cheeky or & gu., in chief vair or. & counter vuir w 


I find, on page 599 of a copy of Watson's Divinity, the following record. 
They arc the children of Col. Edward and Elizabeth (Cushing] Mitchell. 
See History of Bridgewater, p. 243. C. 11. Morse. 

September 1 day 1739 Edward Mitchell Born 
December 8 day 1740 Cushing Mitchell Born 
August 26 day 17 12 Bettey Mitchell Born 
April 5 day [1744] Eals [Alice] Mitchell Born 
March 28 day 1746 Elisha Mitchell Born 
March 13 day 1748 John Mitchell Born 
April 8 day 1750 William Mitchell Born 
May 16 day 1752 Bradford Mitchell Born 
April 4 day 1754 New Stile Molle Mitchell Born 
August 20 day 1757 Sele [Celia] Mitchell Born 
April 26 day '1759 Searah Mitchell Born 
October 30 'day 1761 Bela Mitchell Born 

* This is now the usual orthography of the name in this country. 

1859.] East Haddam Records. 125 


[Communicated by D. Williams Patterson of "West Winstcd, Ct.[ 

[Continued from Vol. XII., page 47.] 

Births, Marriages and Deaths recorded in the second Book of East 

Haddam Land Records. 

Page (a) 
Danicll y e Sone of Benjamin dam man and of marcy his wife was borne 
febrvary y 12* 1728 

Samvcll y e Sonc of Timothy fuller and of sarah his wife was born 
sept br y c 1 st 1711 : 

Abigail the davghter of Timothy fuller and of mary his wife was born 
October y c 19* 1718 

hannah v c daughter of Timothy fuller and of marv his wife was born 
July ye : 3 d : 1720. 

Timothy y c sonc of Timothy fuller and Of mary his wife was born may 
y e 30th 1722 

Thomas y e sonc of Timothy fuller and of mary his wife was born June 
y e 24^i 1726 

mary y e daughter of Timothy fuller and of mary his wife was born 
march y e 18* 1731 

Henry chairmen and mahittabcll Rowlc ware joyned in marriage Jan- 
uary the: 16th : 1717 

Ebenczcr the sone of henry Champcn and of mahittabcll his wife was 
borne Janvary y e 27th 1718 

mahittabcll y e davghter of henry Champcn and of mahittabcll his wife 
was born febrvary y <! : 25* : 1720 

Henry Champcn y e sonc of henry Champcn and of mahittabcll his wife 
was born January y e : 19 th : 1723 

Israeli the sone of henry Champcn and of mahittabcll his wife was born 
December y c 20* 1726 

Judah the sonc of henry Champcn and of mahittabel his wife was borne 
august y e 20^ 1709 

Mary the davghter of henry Champcn and of mahittabel his wife was 
borne Nouember y e : 28 th : 1731 

Elizabeth y e Daughter of Henery Champcn and of Mehetable his Wife 
Was born June y e : 26 Day 1734 

Page (b) 

Bezaliell Brainerd and mary gates were Joyned in marrage the last 
jday of November in y e year 1727 

Hannah the daughter of Bezaliell Brainerd and of Mary his wife was 
born August y e : 26 l 1728 

Easter the davghter of Bezaliell Brainerd and of mary his wife was 
Lorn octo br y e 21 st 1729 

mary the davghter of Bezaliell Brainerd was borne the third day of 
Uune 1731 

fevin [Fruen] the daughter of Bezaliel Brainerd and of mary his wife 
Lvas borne Apriell y e 15* : 1733 

Susannah the daughter of Bezaliel Brainerd and of Mary his wife was 
porn December y e : 14 th : 1734 

126 East Haddam Records. [April, 

Bezalccl the son of Bezalcel Braincrd and of Mary his Wife was Born 
April : y e : 15th . 1737 . 

Daniell y° sone of weeks williams and of mahittabell his wife was born 
sept br y e 29^ 1719 

Weeks the sone of weeks williams and of mahittabell his wife was born 
Apriell y e 19^ 1722 

Mary y e davghter of weeks williams and of mahittabell his wife was 
born Janvary y e 21" 1725 

Elijah the sone of weeks williams and of mahittabell his wife was born 
may y e 21 : 1727 

Mary y e Wife of Bezalccl Braincrd Departed this Life march y e : l rt : 

Hannah \ r Daughter of r I Braincrd and of Mary his wife Depart- 

ed this Life S mber \ 29* 1786: 

E ther \ Daughter ofBezaleel Brainerd and of Mary his wife Depart* 
cd this Life December f \ 19* 1737: 

Susannah v c Daughter of Bezaleel Brainerd and of Mary his Wife 
Departed this Life D< cembet >"22 l 17:17 

Mary \ Daughter ofBezaleel Brainerd and of Mary his Wife Departted 
this Life January y : 10"' : 17:;s-!> 

Mary j Daughter ofBezaleel Brainerd and of mary his \\ T 1 fc was Born 
July the7:th 1710 

Page (c) 

Thomas Gates Jun r and dorithy Cone ware Jovncd in manage avgust 
y c 17 l " 1722 

Thomas the sone of Thomas gates and of Dorithy his wife was borne 
December y c 17 Ul 1721 

Easter the davghter of Thomas gates and of dorithy his wife was born 
July y' 27* 1727 

Timothy the sone of Thomas gates Jun r and of Dorothy his wife was 
born Apridl f 29* 1730 

Dorothy y" davghter of Thomas gates and of Dorothy his wife was 
borne Janvary y e i7 ,h 17.*{3 

Zechariah y e Sun of Thomas Gates and of Dorothy his wife was Born 
June y< : 3 d : 1735 

Caleb v e Son of Thomas Gates and of Dorothy his Wife was Born 
march y 6 22 : 1738 

Obadiah y* Son of Thomas Gates and of Dorothy his wife was born 
December y e 18 th 1740 

Dorothy y e Daughter of Thomas Gates and of Dorothy his wife was 
Born February y e : 3 d Day Anno Domini : 1744 

Look for Gideon in 3 d Book Latter End 

Jeremiah Gates and mary Emons ware Joyned in marriage December 
ye : 7: th 1721 : 

Hannah y e Davghter of Jeremiah gates and of mary his wife was borne 
October 23 d :: 1723 

mary y e Daughter of Jeremyah gates and of mary his wife was born 
Apriell : 23 d : 1725 

Dorithv y e davghter of Jeremiah gates and of mary his wife was born 
may y° : 5 l : 1729 

Jeremiah y e sone of Jeremiah gates and of mary his wife was born 
march y e 17 th 1732 

1859.] East Haddam Records. 127 

Jeremiah Gates ye Son of Jeremiah Gates & of mary his "Wife Departed 
this Life September the 11 th : Day A. D. 1754 in y e 23 d year of his age 

Sibbel y e Daughter of Jeremiah gates Sf and of mary his wife was born 
September the 22 d Day Anno Domini 1748 

Sibbel ye Daughter of Jeremiah Gates and of mary his wife [died] 
October the : 12 th : Day Anno Dom : 1750 in the 3 d year of her age 


Samvell Emons Jun r and Ruth Cone ware Joyned in marragc Sep- 
temb' y e 14 th 1721 

Dorathy y e davghter of samvell Emons and of Ruth his wife was born 
Sept br y e IS 1 " 1722 

Elizeheth y e davghter of samuell Emons and of Ruth his wife was born 
march y e : 6 l : 1724 

Ebenczer y e sone of Samvell Emons and of Ruth his wif was born 
Scpt br y e 18 th 1725 

Samvell Emons y e sone of samvell Emons Jun r and of Ruth his wife 
was born November y e 20 th 1725 — [Mistake in the Record, should be 
1727. Bap. March 10, 1727-8. Ch. Rec] 

mary y c davghter of samvell Emons and of Ruth his wife was born 
febrvary y c : 6 th : 1729-30 

Jonathan Emons and Rachell griswould ware Jovned in marrage Jan- 
vary : 2 d : 1723 

Abigail y c davghter of Jonathan Emons and of Rachell his wife was 
born July 2N t!l 1726 

Rachel y'' Daughter of Jonathan Emons and of Rachel his wife was 
born September y e : 13'" 172!) 

Sarah y" Daughter of Jonathan Emons and of Rachel his wife was born 
July y c 5 lh 1732~: 

Nathanicll Lord and hannah Emons ware Joyned in marriage June 
y e 12 th 1712: 

Dorothy v" davghter of nathanicll lord and of hannah his wife was born 
July 29 th 1717. 

Abigail y e davghter of nathanicll Lord and of hannah his wife was 
born July : 14 th 1720 

Samvell y e sone of nathanicll Lord and of hannah his wife was born 
march 29 th 1723 

Daniell y e sone of nathaniell Lord and of hannah his wife was born 
apricll 14 th 1726 

A true Copy of record 

Attest. A. Gates 
No. 1. Town Clerk 

Page (e) 

William Barns and mary Cone ware Joyned in marriage July : 2 d : 1724 

John Barns the sone of william Barns and of mary his wife was born 
Apriell : 12 ,h 1725 

mary y° davghter of william Barns and of mary his wife was Born 
|lanvary y e 11 th : 1726. 

William y e sone of w T illiam Barnes and of mary his wife was borne 
Tanvary y c : 16 1728-9 

Stephen, y 9 son of william Barns and of mary his wife was born No- 
vember y e 5 th 1730 

128 East Haddam Records. [April, 

Stephen Cone Jim r and Abigail Barns ware Joyned in marriage June 
ye 6* 1724 

Abigail the davghter of Stephen Cone and of abigall his wife was born 
June 2 d 1725 

Elisha the sone of Stephen Cone and of abigall his wife was born De- 
cern* 1 st 1726 

Ebenezer gibes and Ruth Bate ware Joyned in marrage may y c 10 th 

James the sone of Ebenezer gibs and of Ruth his wife was born march 
5* 1727 

Anna the davghter of Samvell TifTt and of mary his wife was born 
November 19^ 1729 

Joseph Bate and Elizabeth spencer ware Jovncd in marriage octob r 
12* 172*3 

Joseph the sone of Joseph Bate and of clizabcth his wife was born 
aeptemb' 13* 1728 

Elizabeth v e Daughter of Joseph Bale and of Elizabeth his Wife was 
Born January y« : W ; 1730-31 

Dorothy v'' Daughter of Joseph Bate and of Elizabeth his Wife was 
Born : february y< ; : 25 : 1731-2 

Samuel v e Son of Joseph Bate and of Elizabeth his Wife was Born 
May : y e : 3 Day : 1735 

Page 109-2. 

Bezalcel Brainerd and Elisabeth Warner ware Jovncd In manage June 
ye : 17«« Day 1744 

Daniel y c Son of Bezaleel Brainrd and of Elisabeth his wife was Born 
march y e 17 th Day Anno Dom : 1746 

Elisabeth the wife of Bezaleel Brainerd Departed this Life October y e 
5* Day Anno Dom : 1746 

Bezaleel Brainerd and phebe almang alis Smith ware Joyned In ma- 
nage the : 19 th Day anno y e Dom 1719 

Enoch the Son of Bezaleel Brainerd and of phebe his wife was Born 
September ye ■ 9 th : Day A.D. 1749 

Capt. Bezaleel Brainerd Departed this Life October y c : 9 th : Day anno 
Dom 1749 

Page 1093. 

Lvdia y e Daughter of Green Hungerford and of Jemima his wife were 
Born December in y e year 1712 

Sarah y e Daughter of Green Hungerford & of Jemima his Wife was 
Born December y e 29 th 1714 

Prudance y e Daughter of Green Hungerford &; of Jemima his Wife 
was Born January y e 18 th 1716 

Green y e Son of Green Hungerford & of Jemima his Wife [born] Jan- 
uary y e 4 th 1718 

Marv y e Daughter of Green Hungerford & of Jemima his W 7 ife was 
Born DecermV y e 26: 1720 

Rachel y e Daughter of Green Hungerford & of Jemima his Wife was i 
Born October ye 12th 1722 

Lydia y e Daughter of Green Hungerford & of Jemima his Wife was 
Born Decembr ye 30th 1724 

Stephen y e Son of Green Hungerford & of Jemima his W T ife was Born 
may ye 1 st 1726 

1859.] East Haddam Records. 129 

Hesthcr y e Daughter of Green Hungerford and of Jemima bis wife was 
Born may ye 22 d : 1728 

Elisabeth y e Daughter of Green Hungerford & of Jemima his wife was 
Born July ye 25th : ]7,<30 

Lemuel and Nathaniel the Sons of Green Hungerford and of Jemima 
his Wife Both Born at a Birth on may ye 23<* Day 1733 

Page 1094. 

Thomas Andrewes and Anne Cone ware Joyned In marrage may y e 
29"> 1740 

Oliver y e Son of Thomas Andrewes and of Anne his wife was born 
July y e 29th 1741 

Ebcnczcr y e Son of Thomas Andrewes and of Anne his wife was Born 
June ye 8th 1743 

Thomas the Son of Thomas Andrews and of Anne his wife was Born 
august the : 15 th : Day In the Year : 1746 

Mehctable the Daughter of Weeks Williams and of mchetable his wife 
Departed this Life January y e 2i Day Anno Domini 1757 

Weeks Williams and Mehctable Cone ware Joined in marriage De- 
cern!^ y e 25 f h 1718 

Mchetable y c Daughter of Weeks Williams and of Mehctable his w.ic 
was Born may y e 21 8t Day 1729 

Deborah y e Daughter of Weeks Williams & of Mchetable his wife was 
Born August ye : 13th Day : 1731 

Sarah y G Daughter of Weeks William & of Mehctable his wife was 
Born January ye 10 fl1 1731 : 

Elesabcth ye Daughter of Weeks Williams and of Mchetable his wife 
was Born January y e 11th £) a y 17:^(3 

Zechariah y e Son of Weeks Williams & of Mehctable his Wife was 
Born april ye : 29th Day : 1738 : 

Lois y e Daughter of Weeks williams & of Mchetable his wife was Born 
January ye 2 <l : Day — 1741 and y e Said Lois aboues d was Born with a 
notch Like a halfe penny in y e under sid of y e Right Ear 

Mchetable y e Wife of Weeks Williams Departed this Life December 
y e 16th Day : in yc yr : 1742 

Page 1095. 

David y e Son of Joseph Gates and of hannah his wife Departed this 
Life august y e 12th 1740 

Aaron y e Son of Joseph Gates and of hannah his wife Departed this 
Life august y e : 14 th 1740 

Ann : y e Daughter of Joseph Gates and of hannah his wife Departed 
this Life aumist : y e : 18 th 1740 

Susannah y e Daughter of Joseph Gates and of Hannah his wife De- 
parted this Life may y e 25th 1742 

Hannah y e wife of Joseph Gates Departed this Life march y e 20th 1744 

Hannah y e Daughter of William Bentle and of oring his wife was Bom 
January y e l 8t : 1743-4 

Page 1096. 
Franciss y e Son of John Parsivel and of Hannah his wife was Born 
august y e : 7 l h Day : 1743 

Girdeon y e son of John Parsiuel and of Hannah his wife was Born 
lugust y e 16th Day A D : 1745 

130 East Haddam Records. [April, 

Elisabeth y e Daughter of John.parsiuel and of Hannah his wife born: 
august: 1737 [1747?] 

Elisabeth y e Daughter of John Parsiuel & of Hannah his wife Departed 
this Life may y e : 7 th Day Anno Dom : 1748 

Girdeon y e son of John Parsiuel & of hannah his wife Departed this 
Life august y e Last Day Anno Dom. 1748 

Girdain the Son of John Parsivel & of hannah his wife was Born June 
y e 13th 1749 

Paul y e Son of John Parsivel & of Hannah his wife was Born June y e 
5th A.D. 1751 

Phebe y* Daughter of John Parcivcl & and of hannah his [wife] was 
born march y e : 19 th : A.D. : 1754 

Elisabeth y e Daughter of John parcivcl & of hannah his wife was born 
July y e : 19 Day 1755 

Decon Daniel Cone Departed this Life June the : 15 th Day : 1725 Tn y e 
Sixtieth year of his age 

Mary Cone y e wife of Decon Daniel Cone Departed this Life, may y e : 
12 (h Day : 1742 : In y c Sixty eighth year of her age 

Bezaleel y e Son of Samuel Acklv and of Bcthiah his Wife was Born 
February y c 4 th Day 1723-4 

Nathaniel y e Son of Samuel Acklv and of Bcthiah his Wife was Born 
June y' : 14 ,h 172G 

A true Copy of record, 
No. 2. " Attest, A. Gates, Town Clerk. 

Page 1097. 

Zipporah y e Daughter of Samuel Fulier and of Mercy His Wife was 
Born December: y e : 2 : 1741 

Thaddcus y e Son of Samuel Fuller and of Mercy his wife was Born 
Nouember y e : 8 th 1743 

Elisabeth y e Daughter of Samuel Fuller and of Mercy his Wife was 
"Born Nouember y e 13 th Day Anno Dom : 1745 

Noadiah y e Son of Dec" Noadiah Braincrd and of Hannah his wife 
Departed this Life march y e 31" : 1751 : 

Hannah the Wife of Noadiah ,Brainerd Departed this Life may y e 14 th 

.Josiah Arnold and Lydia Smith ware Jovned in mariage february y* : 
24 th 1742-3 

Lvdiah and Elisabeth two Daughters of Josiah Arnold and of Lydia 
his Wife was Born Nouember y e : 15 th 1743 : 

Josiah the Son of Josiah Arnold and of Lydia his wife was Born august 
y e 29 th Day A.D: 1745 

Lidia y e Wife of Josiah Arnold Departed this Life may y e 31 st Day 
Anno Domini 1747 

Page 1098. 

Daniel Brainerd Ju r and Hannah Gates Ware Joyned in Marrage July 

y e 7 th 1743 

Daniel y e Son of Daniel Brainerd and of Hannah his wife was born 
march y e 10 th Day 1744 

Hannah y e Wife of Daniel Brainerd Ju r Departed this Life may y e 
Day Annoque Domini 1746 

Daniel the Son of Daniel Brainerd Jun r and of Hannah his wife De- 
parted this Life august the : 15 th Anno Dom : 1755 

[_To be Continued.'] 


Boston Ministers. 



The following verses are from a manuscript scrap book in the hand- 
writing of Thomas Morton Jones of Boston, a son of Thomas K. Jones, 
and a friend and correspondent of William Tudor, the projector and first 
editor of the North American Review. The manuscript, which bears 
date April 12, 1801, is now (1859) in the possession of Charles H. Morse 
of Cambridgeport, Mass. Portions of this ballad are familiar, from quo- 
tations; but it is doubtful whether it exists entire elsewhere. 


Written in 1 774 ; never printed. 

" The Second 1 Part of the same tune; or a farther attempt at an imitation of the 
renowned Wigglesworth ; humbly inscribed to the Clergy of all denominations in 

the town of Boston. 


That fine preacher, called a teacher, 

Of Old Brick Church the first, 
Regards no grace, to men in place, 

And is by tories curst. 
At young and old, he'll rave and scold, 

And is, in things of state, 
A zealous Whig, than Wilkes more big, 

In Church a tyrant great. 2 

From Old Church dome, to New we'll come, 

To speak of Pemberton, 3 
Who credit gave to Tom the knave, 

Even lying Hutchinson. 
He, from Nova-Ciesaria, 

A grand diploma had; 
And preach can he extempore, 

To make the heart full glad. 

Mather 4 comes next, who Hebrew text 

And Greek so cons with care, 
That no translator or commentator 

Can leave him in a snare. 
Great friend is he to Liberty, 

A man of real worth ; 
May heaven him bless with good success, 

With honor and so forth. 

There's punning Byles 5 invokes our smiles, 

A man of stately parts; 
He visits folks to crack his jokes, 

Which never mend their hearts. 
With strutting gait, and wig so great, 

He walks along the streets, 
And throws out wit, or what's like it, 

To every one he meets. 

Eliot 6 the great, whose doctorate, 

Was surely well applied, 
To sermonize is wondrous wise; 

He is the people's pride. 
New North would sink, they rightly think, 

If he should them forsake; 
If he were sent as President, 

Their hearts would sadly quake. 

There's Cooper 7 too, a doctor true, 

Is sterling in his way ; 
To Jerry Seed, all are agreed, 

He well be likened may. 
In politics, he all the tricks, 

l3oth wonderously ken, 
In 's country's cause and for her laws, 

Above most mortal men. 

Proceed we on to New Boston, 

Where lives the virtuous Howard; 8 
'Gainst Waterland he makes a stand, 

He surely is no coward. 
Great Mayhew's wife, 9 his joy and life, 

Is Simeon's consort now; 
Great Mayhew's heart did priestly art, 

Like Simeon's disavow. 

Lathrop 10 so clever, Old North forever, — 
How pleasing both the sounds; 

Texts he explains in pious strains 
Confin'd to sober bounds. 

But when he treats of bloody streets 

- And massacres x l so dire . 

When chous'd of rights by sinful wights 
How dreadful is his ire. 

I 1 The first part, or ballad, we presume, is that of which a portion, at least, is pre- 
served in Loring's Hundred Boston Orators, p. 10. It will be seen that the last twelve 
lines there quoted belong to this poem. — N. B. All the notes not enclosed in brackets 
are from Mr. Jones's manuscript.] 

2 Dr. Charles Chauncy. [? Rev. Samuel Cooper, D. D. of Brattle 

3 Rev. Eben r Pemberton, D. D. Street Church.] 

4 Samuel Mather. 8 Rev. Simeon Howard, D. D. 

5 Mather Byles. 9 Dr. H. married his predecessor's widow. 
[ 6 Rev. Andrew Eliot, D. D.] [ 10 Rev. John Lathrop, D. D.] 

11 Alluding to Dr. L.'s sermon on the 5th March, 1770. 


Boston Ministers. 


At Old South, there's a jarring pair, 

If I am not mistaken; 
One may descry, with half an eye, 

That Hunt l is far from Bacon. 2 
A Cambridge Sage, of this our age, 

Did once a reason see 
Why Churches are most happy far 

Whose preachers disagree. 
Wise Hunt can trace out means of grace 

As leading to conversion; 
But Hopkins' scheme is Bacon's theme 

And strange was his assertion. 
For strive, said he, a saint to be 

And you will worse become ■ 
But Hunt, much vex'd, produced a text 

Which struck his colleague dumb. 
'Tis my advice that in a trice 

Bac^n should pluck up stakes; 
Tho' honest he, yet Hunt we see 

Most friends with sisters makes. 

At New South now we'll visit Howe, 3 

A genius as 'tis B&id ; 
And there we'll hail this son of Vale, 

There's scarce I wiser head. 
May his fame soar like his of yore 

Who Cromwell's court did grace, 
A better man, I trow he can 

See Lord's Bay face to face. 

If England's church we leave in lurch, 

Her sons reseut it will, 
So Conner's 4 [sic] glory, in rhyming story, 

Shall next employ my skill. 
No man of Earth of Noble birth 

Is prouder than this parson. 
There not a seat where non con's 5 meet 

He'd deign to * * * 

John 6 of small merit, who deals in spirit, 

As next in course I sing ; 
Fain would I treat as is most meet 

This chaplain of the king. 
His Sunday aim is to reclaim 

Those that in vice are sunk ; 
When .Monday's come, he selleth rum 

And gets them plaguy drunk. 

Now what the deuce of Walter 7 spruce 

Shall I, in verse, relate? 
He danceth 8 well, and doth excel 

In things of little weight. 
Observe his feet, his shoes are neat, 

A powder'd wig on 's head, 
His size is small, he's somewhat tall, — 

What further can be said ? 

His partner 9 must till next time trust, 

And for tbe present may 
Remain unsung the Dons among ; 

The Muse has nought to say. 
When he's been tried, he'll lay aside 

This backwardness to speak ; 
Give him his due, and say what's true 

Of him, his preaching eke. 

There's Byles' son, 10 to use a pun, 

Boils o'er with native pride; 
I fear he will much blame my quill 

That by him slipp'd aside. 
The truth to write, this tiny mite, 

This unimportant thing, 
I ; >"d unseen, when plao'd between, 

As I pursued my string. 

To farthest knot I've not yet got, 

I've Cro&well 1 ! yet to mention, 
Who, on May Day, was heard to say 

He'd not go to Convention. 
Much doth he pout that he's shut out 

From I ►verseer'a Board ; 
The Man means well, but none can tell 

With what his noddle's stor'd. 

Last in my list is a Baptist, 

A real saint, I wot, 
Though nam'd Stillman, 12 much noise he 

Make when in pulpit got. 
The multitude, both grave and rude, 

A- drove by wind and tide, 
Alter him hie, when he doth try 

To gain them to his side. 

If there's another ghostly brother 13 

Yclept a baptist teacher, 
Bis name's unknown, let that atone 

For passing o'er this preacher. 
Now I have done what 1 begun, 

And poorly too, you'll say ; 
And so Adieu, I'll say to you 

Forever and for aye. 

Advertisement — More Last Words. 

If these poor rhymes, in these bad times, 

Kindly receiv'd shall be, 
Proceed I will, with my best skill 

From town to Iloxbury. 

C 1 Rev. John Hunt.] 

[' 2 Rev. John Bacon.] 

[ 3 Rev. Joseph Howe.] 

[ 4 Rev. Henry Caner, D. D.] 

5 Non conformists. 

6 Rev. John Troutback [Troutbeck] ; he 
was also a distiller. 

» Rev. William Walter, D. D. 
8 Formerly a dancing master. 

[ 9 Rev. Samuel Parker, afterwards Bishop, 
was inducted as assistant to Dr. Walter, 
at Trinity Church, May 19, 1774. | 

[ 10 Rev. Mather Byles, Jr., D. D., of 
Christ Church.] 

[ n Rev. Andrew Croswell.] 
[w Rev. Samuel Stillman, D. D.] 
[ l3 Rev. Isaac Skillman commenced 
preaching at the Second Baptist Church, 
Oct. 3, 1773.] 


Capt. Samuel Gallup } s Company. 


Adams 1 I'll sing, that trifling thing, 

So fond of show exterior, 
And pass along, in jingling song, 

To Gordon 2 his superior. 

And then I'll wing, thro' a long string, 

From town to town I'll go. 
I'll blame and praise, in my own ways, 

In spite of friend or foe. 




[Communicated by Henry W. Taft of Lenox.] 

There came recently into my hands, the Proprietors 1 Records of " Bul- 
lock's Grant," now mostly embraced within the limits of the town of Savoy 
in this county. This territory appears to have been granted, in June, 
1771, by the Legislature to the heirs and grantees of Capt. Samuel Gallup 
and others, " who served in the expedition ag fc Canada in 1690," and in 
compensation for a former grant which was " lost by running the line of 
the State of New Hampshire.'" The names of Capt. Gallup's company 
are given in this record, and I send the list, though I am not sure that it 
is not otherwise accessible. I think they were all from the Old Colony, 
and engaged in the land expedition by way of Albany, &c, and not 
under command of Sir William Phipps. 

List of Capt. Sam' Gallup 9 Comp y , 1690. 

Capt. Samuel Gallup 
Lt. Preserved Abel I 
Ens. Solomon Smith 
M r Dan> Carpenter 
Samuel Sabin 
Daniel Philips 
Joseph Jones 
Samuel Luther 
Noah Sabin 
William Robinson 
John Ormsbee 
Ichabod Peck 
Nicholas Hall 
Daniel Shepardson 
John Baggley 
Thomas Crossman 
John Haskins 
Jacob Carpenter 
William Ellis 
John Smith 

John Eddy 
Nicholas Peck 
Daniel Fisher 
Richard Tuells 
Thomas Tuells 
Sami Buterworth 
William Hoch (or Hach) 
Benjamin Wilson 
Francis Willson 
Josiah Wheeler 
Philip Squire 
Elisha Tupper 
William Ripley 
John Thurber 
Thomas Hart 
Richard Bullock 
Alexander Maxcy 
Joseph Glover 
Benjamin Freeman 
Robert Calley 

James Baggley 
Samuel Thorne 
George Stud man 
Adam Disdale 
Samuel Johnson 
William Sutton 
John Barrows 
Nath 1 Whiting 
John Twogood 
John Twoo-ood Jr. 
John Pierce 
Benj a Marrion 
William Hillyeard 
Samuel Halloway 
Philip Allen 
Thomas Richardson 
Samuel Warkman 
Samuel Satter (or Salter) 
Philip Tillinghast 
Robert Kilton (60) 

" Last Evening 2 or 300 Lamps, fixed in the several Streets and Lanes 
Df this town were lighted: They will be of great utility to this Metrop- 
olis." — Massachusetts Gazette, March 3, 1773. 

p Rev. Amos Adams.] 
[ 2 Rev. William Gordon, D. D., the historian of the Revolution.] 

134 Hastings Family of Pennsylvania. [April, 


[Communicated by Powell Stackiiouse of Philadelphia.] 

I learn by the Register that a Thomas Hastings was a settler in New 
England in 1635, and subsequently the name of Hastings occurs several 
times down to the year 1718. The Thomas Hastings, above named, I 
suppose was the father of Henry Hastings who was a land-owner on the 
Delaware, about twelve miles above where Philadelphia now stands, in 
1677, five years before Penn and his Colony arrived. The next account 
I have is of John and Joshua Hastings, in 1681. I suppose both were 
sons of Henry. Joshua was a proprietor of several tracts of land in or 
near Chester, about fifteen miles south of Philadelphia. I believe their 
titles were derived from the Dutch authorities of New Amsterdam. The 
last named was a member of the Colonial Assembly for several years. 
John and Joshua were members of the Society of Friends. 

Joshua 1 Hastings married Elizabeth , and had children : John, 2 

married Grace Stackhousc. Samuel, 2 (married .Mary Hill,) died 1761. 

John, 2 by wife Grace Stackhouse, had children: John, 3 married ; 

killed in battle in the Revolutionary War — no Quaker; had a son John, 4 
d. s. p. Elizabeth, 3 married John Hughes. 

John Hughes, by wife Elizabeth 3 Hastings, had several sons, (all of 

whom died without issue,) and a daughter Eliza 4 married Berryhill, 

lives near Harrisburg, Pa., has a numerous family of children. 

Samuel, 2 (son of Joshua,) was a shipbuilder, as the family generally 
were; by wife Mary Hill he had a daughter Martha, 3 who married James 
Stackhouse, 1750. B.y a 2d marriage to Susanna Wood, he had two 
children, Samuel, 3 who died unm. from a wound, accidentally received, 
when gunning; and Elizabeth, 3 who married John Head, and left numer- 
ous descendants. 

James Stackhouse, (born 1725, deceased 1759,) by wife Martha 3 Has- 
tings, (born 1722, deceased 1806) had children : Margaret, 4 m. Richard 
Jackson. Hastings, 4 m. Margaret Robbins. Mary, 4 not married. Amos, 4 
m. Mary Powell ; deceased, 1825. Martha, 4 m. Wm. Gosline. 

None of the descendants of Joshua Hastings, bearing the family name, 
are now living ; the descendants of the females are very numerous. 

At present I am not able to connect the Pennsylvania Hastings with 
the New England familv, satisfactorily, but am induced to think that 
Henry Hastings was one of the New England colonists, who attempted to 
establish themselves on the Delaware, about the year 1640,* and were 
prevented by the Dutch of New Amsterdam, unless they would consent 
to take titles from them. 

John 1 Hastings, the supposed brother of Joshua, 1 either died without 
male issue, or returned to New England, as I cannot learn anything fur- 
ther about him than his being in Pennsylvania about the year 1681. 

Died at Hanover, Mass., Capt. Thomas Bardwin, aged 86. He was 
born near Haverford West, in South Wales. He came over in 1716, 
being the first that made Bar-Iron in New-England. — Massachusetts Ga- 
zette, Feb. 10, 1774. 

* See Proud, Gordon and Smith's Histories of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, &c. &c. 

1859.] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 135 


[Continued from page 36.] 

j Mr. JOHN SYMMES, and Mr. THOMAS SYMMES, each subscribed 
for a copy of the Chronology. No place of residence is given for the 
former, but the latter was of Charlestown. 

The first ancestor of these subscribers, yet discovered, was Mr. Wil- 
liam Symmes, whose son William was a minister, and preached " some*- 
times" at Sandwich, in Kent, and who received ordination in or about 
" the famous year 1588." Mr. Zechariah Symmes, born at Canterbury, 
April 5th, 1599, was his son, and he had a brother William, but whether 
he came to New England or not, we find no mention. Zechariah arrived 
at Boston, in the ship Griffin, Sept. 18th, 1634. There were in the same 
ship about 200 immigrants, among whom were William and Ann Hutchin- 
son, and John Lathrop. Mr. Symmes settled at Charlestown the same 
year, where he continued until his death, which happened Feb. 4th, 1671, 

aged 71 years and 10 months. His wife Sarah , and several 

children, came with him. Of the wife, Capt. Johnson says, " among all 
the godly women that came through the perilous seas to war their war 
fare, the wife of this zealous teacher shall not be omitted," &c. Mr 
Symmes had thirteen children by his wife Sarah, and she survived him 
dying in 1676. Those children were : — 

2. William?^) bap. Jan. 10, 1627. 3. Mary? bap. April 16, 1628 
m. 1st, T. Savage, Sept. 15, 1652; 2d, Anthony Stoddard. 4. Eliza 
beth 2 bap. Jan. 1, 1630; m. Hezekiah Usher, 1654. 5. Huldah 2 bap 
March 18, 1631 ; m. William Davis. 6. Hannah? bap. Aug. 22, 1632 
d. unm. 7. Rebecca, 2 bap. Feb. 12, 1631; m. Humphrey Booth. 8 
Ruth? bap. Oct. 18, 1635 ; m. Ed. Willis, June 15, 1668. 9. Zecha 
riah?{3) bap. Jan. 9, 1638; d. March 22, 1708; minister at Bradford 
10. Timothy 2 bap. Mav 7, 1640; d. Sept. 25, 1641. 11. Deborah 2 
bap. Aug. 28, 1642 ; m". Timothy Prout, Dec. 13, 1664. 12. Sarah 2 
m. 1st, Rev. Sam. Hough, 1650 ; 2d, Rev. John Brock, 1662. 13. Tim- 
othy , 2 (4) bap. 1643.? 

2. William 2 Symmes, of Medford, m. Mary ; and d. Sept. 22, 

1691. He had seven children, of whom the names of five are known ; 
viz.,— 14. Sarah, 3 m. Rev. M. Fisk, of Braintree, Nov. 7, 1672; d. Nov. 
2, 1692. 15. William 3 {b) Jan. 7, 1679. 16. Zechariah. 3 17. Timo- 
thy? 18. Nathaniel 3 

His dau. Sarah was child of his first wife, as his servant, John War- 
ner, testified that his master was a widower when this dau. married. 
Farmer's Register says that Mary, his widow, m. Rev. Samuel Torrey, 
July 30, 1695 ; and in 1700 she was certainly called Mary Torrey, as 
I have seen a document of that date so signed. 

3. Zechariah 2 Symmes, Jr., H. C. 1657 ; minister at Bradford, 1682; 
d. 1708. He m. Susanna Graves, Nov. 18, 1669, and had,— 19. Kath- 
erine 3 b. March 29, 1676. 20. Zechariah. 3 (6) 21. Thomas 3 (7) b. Feb. 
1, 1678. 22. William.\l)* 23. Susanna 3 m. 1st, John Chickering; 
2d, Benj. Stevens, Oct. 18, 1715. 

His wife dying July 23, 1681, he married, 2d, Mehitable Dolten, Nov. 

* This William 3 probably m. Eliza Langdon in Boston, June 13, 1706. 

136 Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. [April* 

26, 1683, and had,— 24. Sarah* m. Joshua Scottow, May 25, 1697. 
25. Rebecca, 3 m. Ebenezer Osgood of Andover. 

4. Timothy 2 Symmes, of Charlestown, m. 1st, Mary Nichols, Dec. 10, 
1668, who had, — 26. Timothy 3 b. Sept. 6, 1669; d. young. 

He m. 2d, Elizabeth Norton, Sept. 21, 1671, and had,— 27. Timothy* 
b. Nov. 18, 1672. 28. Elizabeth 3 b. July 24, 1674, m. James Merrick, 
Jan. 19, 1708-9 ? 29. Sarah 3 b. Aug. 6, 1676. 

He d. of small pox. July 4, 1678; his widow probably m. Capt. Eph. 
Savage, May 12, 1688. 

5- William 3 Symmes m. Ruth Convers. He inherited two thirds of 
his father's estate, and had a clothing-mill where Mr. Bacon's now is. 
He d. May 24, 1761. Children :— 30. William * b. Oct. 10, 1705; d. 
young. 31. Zechariah 4 b. Sept. 1, 1707. 32. Josiah 4 b. April 7, 
1710; d. young. 33. Elizabeth* 34. Timothy. 4 35. John. 4 36. 117/- 
liam* minister at Andover. 

For his descendants see Brooks's History of Med ford. 

6. Zecheklah 1 Symmbs, of Charlestown, m. Dorcas Brackenbury , Nov. 
28, 1700, and had,— 37. Zecheriah, 4 b. March 13, 1701-2, 88. Dorcas 4 
bap. Aug. 22, 1703. 39. John Brackenbury* b. May 20, 1705. 40. 
William, 4 b. Jan. 9, 1708-9. 

His widow Dorca I, March 4, 1713. 

7- Thomas' Symmes was of II. C. 1698, first minister of Boxford, 

where he was ord. Dee. 20th, 1702. SoOD after the death of his father he 
was dismissed from the church of Boxford, and succeeded him at Brad- 
ford, where he was installed the same year. lie was a man of learning, 
very active with his pen, several of the productions of which have fallen 
within the knowledge of the writer. Those by which he is best known 
are a sermon entitled ''The Brave Love well Lamented, 91 and " A Joco- 
Serious Dialogue, Concerning Regular Singing." Prefixed to the fust 
is an account of the " Fight at Pigwacket," which is the most authentic 
record of that sanguinary affair of that time. This was published the 
same year in which it happened, which was the year of Mr. Symnv 
death. Judging from the " Joco-Scrious Dialogue ," it is pretty evident that 
wit and sarcasm were no strangers to its author. II< says, upon the title- 
page, It is "Calculated for a [(articular Town, where it was publicly had, 
on Friday, Oct. 12, 1722,) hut may serve other places in the same Climate." 
One of his mottoes he took out of Playfair's Introduction to ./Elian, which 
is in these words : — " Of all beasts there is none that is not delighted with 
Harmony, but only the Ass." It is a tract of upwards of 60 pages, which, 
he informs us, he wrote in a single day, excepting a few quotations which 
he afterwards added. In his Preface lie says, — " As for the captious, if 
they don't like it, I hope they will be so very kind, as to let it alone." 
There had been a good deal of opposition to " regular singing" for many 
years; (See History and Antiquities of Boston, p. 566,) but the regular 
singers, or rather its advocates, were now so formidable, that ridicule 
began to take the place of reason. 

He was thrice married ; 1st, to Elizabeth Blowers of Cambridge, sister 
of the Rev. Mr. Thomas Blowers of Beverly. By her he had " seven 
very hopeful and desirable children ;" one of whom died young. The 
other six were living in 1726. Four were sons and two daughters. Mrs. 
Symmes died 6 April, 1714. He m. 2dly, Hannah, daughter of the 
Rev. John Pike of Dover, 28 March, 1715 ; by whom he had two " very 
desirable daughters." She died 6 Feb. 1718-19, and Mr. Symmes mar- 

1859.] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 137 

ried, 3dly, Jan. 19, 1720-1, Mrs. Eleanor Moody, relict of the late Mr. 
Eliezer Moody of Dcdham, daughter to the well-known Mr. Benjamin 
Thompson of Braintree. ^\\a survived her husband, who died Oct. 6th, 
1725, in the 48th year of his age. 

We have the names of the children of Mr. Symmes, namely : 8. 
Thomas; 9. Andrew; 10. John; 11. Elizabeth; Zechariah ; Anna; 
Abigail and Sarah. Timothy, said to be a son, emigrated to New 
Jersey. He had but two sons, Timothy and John Cleaves. The latter 
was extensively engaged in settling ( >hio, and was the founder of the first 
settlement in the Miami country. He was born at River Head on Long 
Island, N. Y., (where his father resided for a time before settling in New 
Jersey) July 21st, 1742, and d. at Cincinnati, O., Feb. 26, 1814. He 
was a soldier in the War of Independence, and was in the battle of Sara- 
toga, lie became Chief Justice of New Jersey, and married a daughter 
of Gov. Livingston of that State, and their daughter was the wife of 
William Henry Harrison, late President of the United States. 

The other brother, Timothy, was the father of John Cleaves Symmes, 
(so named probably for his uncle) who was born about 1780, and was 
the author of the singular theory of the earth, which he promulgated 
about thirty years ago. — Sec Historical Magazine and Notes and Queries 
for May, 1857. 

The two sons of Rev. Thomas Symmes of Boxford, as above, viz., 
Thomas, [8] and John, [10] were, no doubt, the two Subscribers, as we 
see no others who could be. 

Thomas 4 Symmes, [8] in a deed. Mid. Deeds, Vol. 27, p. 57,) is de- 
scribed as a potter, lie m. 1st, Martha, dau. of Caleb and Ann Call, 
Nov. 11, 1725, and had,— 50. Thomas, b. April 16, 1727. 51. Martha, 
b. Aug. 9, 1729; d. Sept. 3, 1715. 52. Caleb, b. Oct. 10, 1732. 

His wife dying, June 19, 1735, he m. 2d, Ruth, dau. of Stephen and 
Grace Hall, and widow of John Webber, Dec. 11, 17i>5, and had, — 53. 
Elizabeth, bapt. Dec. 21, 1738. 51. Ruth. bapt. Dec. 6, 1741. 

He d. July 7, 1754 ; his wife d. Jan. 1753, a?. 45. 

John 4 Symmes, [10] of Boston, a brother of the preceding, is no doubt 
the person mentioned below. " Monday evening last, died here, after a 
few days illness, of a violent fever, John Symmes, Esq., in the 58th year 
of his age, Lt. Col. of the regiment of militia in tins Town. He was a 
gentleman of a very courteous and affable disposition, industrious in his 
business, honest in his dealings with mankind, and pious towards God." — 
Gazette and News, 1 March, 1761. 

Mr. THOMAS HANCOCK, Merchant, (for six.) 

In Vol. IX., p. 352, we gave the pedigree of the Hancock family, from 
the best authority ; we now condense a sketch of the "Subscriber," from 
an article by Alden Bradford, in Hunt's Merchants 1 Magazine, Vol. I., 
p. 346. 

Thomas Hancock was the son of Rev. John Hancock of Lexington, by 
his wife, Elizabeth Prentice, and was born July 13, 1703. " He was early 
placed in the store of Mr. [Daniel] Henchman, of Boston, an eminent 
stationer. But in a short time he expressed the opinion that the business 
was too limited and too small to give him employment, and he manifested 

a desire to enter more largely into trade He soon acquired a 

large estate, and became one of the first merchants in New England. 
His character was that of a . public-spirited man. He gave liberally 

138 Memoirs of Prince 's Subscribers. [April, 

towards all works of charity, and to institutions for the relief of the desti- 
tute and unfortunate He left about .£2500 for public uses. 

One thousand to Harvard College for founding a professorship of the 
Hebrew and other Oriental languages ; a large sum to be appropriated 
for spreading the Knowledge of Christianity among the native tribes; and 

£600 for founding an hospital for the insane The governors of 

the College were so sensible of the great value of his gifts, that they 
procured a full-length portrait of him, painted by the celebrated Copley, 
and placed it in the hall of the public library belonging to the institution." 
Drake's Boston, p. 648, mentions that Hancock married Lydia Hench- 
man, daughter of his old master, Nov. 6, 1731, and from a quotation of 
Daniel Henchman's will, it seems probable that Nicholas Bowes, who 
married Lucy, sister of Thomas Hancock, had a son brought up with 
Henchman. From the same authority we learn that Hancock died Aug. 

1, 1764, " about three of the clock, having been seized about noon of the 
same day, just as he was entering the Council Chamber." He built, in 
1737, the well-known li Hancock House" in Beacon Street, which " was 
the seat of hospitality, where all his numerous acquaintances and strangers 
of distinction met an open and elegant reception." As he died without 
issue, his property was received chiefly by his favorite nephew, John 
Hancock, who fills so conspicuous a position in our Revolutionary history. 

W, ii.. w. 

The Hon. WILLIAM PEPPERRELL, Esq. of Kittcry. The life of 
this famous merchant has been very carefully traced by Dr. Usher Par- 
sons, from whose interesting book I take the following notes, in order to 
make our notices more nearly complete. He was the son of William 1 
Pepperrell of Tavistock, co. Devon, who settled at Kittery, Maine. This 
elder William, in. Margery, dau. of John Bray, and had : — 

1. Andrew, 2 b. July 1, 1681 ; m. Jane, dau. of Hubert Elliot, 1707, and 
had, 1. Sarah, m. Charles Frost; 2. Margery, m. William Wentworth. 

2. Mary 2 b. Sept. 5, 1685; m. 1st, Hon. John Frost; 2d, Rev. Benj. 
Colman ; 3d, Rev. Benj. Prescott. 3. Margery,- b. 1G89 ; m. 1st, Pele- 
tiah Whittemore ; 2d, Elihu Gunnison. 4. Joanna? b. June 22, 1692 ; 
m. Dr. George Jackson. 5. Miriam 2 b. Sept. 3, 1694 ; m. Andrew 
Tyler. 6. William? (see below) b. June 27, 1696. 7. Dorothy 2 b. 
July 23, 1698 ; m. 1st, Andrew Watkins ; 2d, Hon. Joseph Newmarsh. 
8. Jane 2 b. 1701 ; m. 1st, Benj. Clark ; 2d, Win. Tyler; 3d. Rev. Ebe- 
nezer Turcll. 

He d. Feb. 15, 1733-4 ; his widow d. April 24, 1741. 

WILLIAM 2 PEPPERRELL, the Subscriber, was the greatest merchant 
of New England, and, by his great popularity, obtained the command of 
the expedition against Louisburg, was made a Baronet for his services, 
and was, for the latter portion of his life, perhaps the most prominent man 
in the Province. 

He m. March 16, 1723, Mary, dau. of Grove Hirst, Esq., and had : — 

Elizabeth, 3 b. Dec. 29, 1723 ; m. Nathaniel Sparhawk, May 1, 1742. 
Andrew 3 b. Jan. 4, 1726; d. unm. March 1, 1751. William 3 b. May 
26, 1729 ; d. Feb. 1730. Margery 3 b. Sept. 4, 1732 ; d. young. 

He d. July 6, 1759 ; his widow d. Nov. 25, 1789. 

As his only son died before him, he adopted his grandson, W 7 illiam 
Pepperrell Sparhawk, who dropped the latter name, m. Elizabeth, dau. of 
Col. Isaac Royall, was proscribed as a Loyalist, had his property conn's- 

1859.] The Scammon Family. 139 

cated, and died in England, where his descendants are still surviving. 
Descendants of the elder brother of this Sir William still live here. 

w. h. w. 

The Hon. PAUL DUDLEY, of Roxbury, Esq., (for two.) 

See New. Eng. Hist, and Gen. Register, X., p. 338. 

SAMUEL DANFORTII, of Cambridge, Esq. 

See Register, VII., p. 319. 

Mr. CONSTANT KING, of Long-Island, (for three.) 

See Register, XL, p. 357. 
Rev. SOLOMON WILLIAMS, } A , tl . .„ , r , 

Rev. JOHN ROBINSON, U further notice will be found in 

JONATHAN METCALF, j Kc S lster > ™«. PP- ™-M. 

{To be Continued.) 


Scammon, Richard, Portsmouth 1642, m. Prudence, only daughter 
of William Waldron, had son William, b. in 1664. William, Boston, 
1640. — Farmers Genealogical Register. 

Humphrey Scamman was born about 1640 ; resided at Kittery Point, 
Me. 1677; removed thence to Cape Porpoise (Kennebunkport), where he 
received a town grant in 1679 ; thence removed to Saco, where he was 
admitted, 12 June 1680, and continued to reside till his death, 1 Jan. 1727. 
His wife was named Elizabeth, and his children were, Humphrey, b. May 
10, 1677, at Kittery; Elizabeth, m. in 1697, Andrew Haley of Kittery; 
Mary, m. a Mr. Puddington ; and Rebecca, m. a Mr. Billings. (See Fol- 
som^s History of Saco and Biddeford, p. 188.) From this family most 
of the persons by the name in New England are probably descended. 

Abstract of Peter Lidgett's Will — Of Boston, merchant; Eliza- 
beth the well beloved wf. of my youth to be executrix ; — to dau. Eliza- 
beth wf. of John Usher; to her cjau. Elizabeth, my grandchild; to my 
only son Charles, who will be 21 on 29th March next [1671] ; — to dau. 
Jaine ; — to late sister Rebecca Cornells three ch n viz, Peter, Mary & 
Robert Cornell ; — to sister Mary Smith's two ch. viz, John & Peter Smith, 
living in Essex O. England ; — to my three kinswoman, cousin Croach of 
Charlestown, cousin Cooke of Cambridge, coz n Rice of Sudbury y e 3 ch n 
of my aunt Lamson ; — to my bro. Waldron ; — to son in law John Usher; — 
son Charles intends to marry Mrs. Bethiah Shrimpton; — overseers well 
beloved friends Capt. Thos. Lake ; Mr. Samuel Shrimpton, Mr. Thomas 
Deane. Date 10 Feb. 1670-1 ; Proved 5 May 1676.— Suffolk Prob. Rec. 

Abstract of Elizabeth Saffin's Will — Late widow of Mr. Peter 
Lidcrett ; — Gives to two children Charles Lidgett & Elizabeth wife of John 
Usher ; — to grandchild Elizabeth Usher ; — my present husband John Saf- 
fin mercht. ; — to brother John Scammond ; — to brother Richard Scam- 
mond ; — to sister Anni Waldron ; — to cousin Elizabeth Atkins, brother 
John Scammond's daughter ;-^to cousin Jean Scammond daughter to my 
brother Richard Scammond ; — to cousin Hannah Gerrish. Date 14 Apl. 

140 Ger shorn Rice. [April, 

1682. Cod. 26 Oct. 1687. Proved 30 Dec. 1687" Recorded, Bk. 10, 
p. 189 to 194. 

Dean ??s. Lidget. — Thomas Dean, of Boston, Taylor & Shopkeeper? 
and Jane, his wife, late Jane Scammond, daughter to Richard Scammond? 
late of Exeter, in y e Province of New Hampshire in New England, 
Brother to Elizabeth* Saffin, Pltffs. 

The Estate of said Elizabeth Saffin dec d , late wife of John Saffin of 
Boston, merchant, now Esq r , and late y e widow and Executrix of Mr. 
Peter Lidget, of said Boston in New England, deceased, In y e hands & 
Possession & under y e administration of Mary Lidget, now in Boston 
aforesaid, widow, Relict & Executrix of the late will & testament of 
Charles Lidget, formerly of Boston aforesaid, Esq., and late of London 
in y c Kingdom of England, dec' 1 , (which said Charles Lidget was Exec r 
of the last will & Testament of said Elizabeth Saffin, with a codicil to 
said will annexed) Dfdt. 

In an action of trespass upon the case in y c Writt bearing date July 
23, 1700 is at large set forth, [&c, &c] — Suffolk Court Records. 

Inscription in a Graveyard at Salisbury, Mass. — 

1 [ere lies the Body 

of Mrs. Jane Deane 

Wife of Thomas Deane 

of Salsbury, Daughter 

of Mr. Richard & 

Prudence Scammon 

late of Stratham 

Who Died October y« 9 l " 1726 

& in y e 60 th year of her Age. 

Queries. — Is there any contemporary evidence that there was a "W i 1 - 
liam Scammon at Boston in l(i 12 ? What evidence is there that the 
Richard Scammon of Portsmouth, 1642, was the person of that name 
who married Prudence Waldron ? Is anything known of John Scammon 
besides what is found in his sister Elizabeth Saffin's will ? Is the name 
found in England, and if so, in what locality ? The nearest approach to 
the name that I have found in English works is ScammoiWe?*, as the name 
of a place near Rippon, in Yorkshire. 

-* — » — »~ 

" Worcester, December 29, 1768. This day died here Mr. Gershom 
Rice, who completed the Age of 101 Years some time on May last. * * * 

" He was visited better than a Year ago by two Gentlemen, to whom 
he gave the following account of the Longivity of his Family, which it is 
said thought worth communicating to the public, viz. — That his Father died 
at the age of 70. — His Mother, 84. — That they had 14 Children, and 
except 2, that died in Infancy, the rest lived to an advanced Age. — Peter, 
97. — Thomas, 94. — Mary, 80. — Nathaniel, 70. — Ephraim, 71. — James, 
72. — Sarah, 80. — Frances, 96. — (lately deceas'd) — Jonas, 84. — Grace, 
(now living,) 94. — Elisha, near 60. — The Wife of the above-mentioned 
Gershom, who died about 12 or 14 Years ago, was about 80. — They lived 
together in the married state between 60 and 70. — They had 7 Children, 
all now living, some upwards of 60, and some of 70." — The Boston Post 
Boy, January 2, 1769. 

1859.] Hartford Records. 141 


[Transcribed by Lucius M. Boltwood of Amherst, Cor. Mem. of II. and G. Soc.] 

[Continued from page 54.] 

Page 23. 

Moses Ventres was maryed to Grace Jenneuary the one 

Thousand six hundreth forty and six. 

Thomas Upsunn was maryed to Elisibcth fuller Jenneuary the twenty 
& three one Thousand six hundreth forty & six. 

John Cillberd was maryed to Amy Lord May the sixth one Thousand 
six hundreth forty & seven. 

Heew Welles was marryed to Mary Rusco August the Nineteenth one 
Thousand six hundreth forty & seuen. 

William Williams was maryed to Janne Westavhor Noucm the twenty 
& fiuc one thousand six hundreth forty and seuen. 

Nathaniel Browne was maryed unto Elinor Wales Desem the twenty & 
three one thousand six* hundred forty and seuen. 

Josua Jinings was maryed to Mary Williams Desem the twenty & 
three one Thousand six hundreth forty & seven. 

Water Gayler was maryed to Mary Stebbing Aprell twenty & nynth 
one Thousand six hundreth forty & eight. 

Henry Hayword was maryed to Sara Stone Scptm the twenty & eight 
one Thousand six hundreth forty & eaight. 

William Goodredg was maryed t[o] Sara Maruen Octobe 1 " the forth one 
Thousand Six hundreth forty & eaightt. 

Richard Bush nail was mared to Mary Meruen October the eluenth one 
Thousand six hundreth forty & eaightt. 

Bartellmaw Barnard was maryed to Sara Burchard the twenty & fiue 
of October one Thousand Six hundreth forty & seuen. 

John Lord was maryed to Adrean Bayc [Baysey] May the fiftenth one 
thousand six hundreth forty & eaight. 

Page 24. 

Captt Culleck was maryed to Mrs. Elizabeth feanerk [Fenwick] the 
twenty of May one Thousand six Hundreth forty & eayghtt. 

Mr. John Russell was maryed to Mary Tayllcott June the twenty & 
eaight one thousand six hundreth forty & nyne. 

John Warner was maryed to Ann Norton one thousand six hundreth 
forty & nyne. 

John Willcock was maryed to Retorn Stoughcn [Stoughton] Jeneuary 
the caighttene one Thousand six hundreth & forty & nyne. 

Antony Dorchester was maryed to Martha Kichere 11 the second of Jen- 
euary one Thousand six hundreth & fifty. 

John Rusco was maryed to Rebecca Beebee the seckond of Jeneuary 
the yere one thousand six hundreth &; fifty. 

Mr. Samivel Fitch was maryed to Mr s Mary Whigting one Thousand 
six hundreth & fifty. 

George Graues sunn of Georg Graues was maryed to Elizabeth Ventres 
Aprell the seckond one thousand six hundreth fifty & one. 

Samuel Stockin sonn of Georg Stockin, was married to Bethia Hopkins 
daughter of John Hopkins, the twenty seaventh day of May one thousand 
six hundred fifty twoe. 

112 Hartford Records. [April, 

James Wakely of Hartford was married to Elizabeth Dubbin the tenth 
day of Febru one thousand sixe hundred fifty two. 

Mr Thomas Wells sonn of Mr Thomas Wells, Magistrate of Wethers- 
field, was married to Mrs Hannah Pantree of Hartford, widdowc the 23 
day of June one thousand sixe hundred fifty four. 

Edward Grannis of Hartford was married to Elizabeth Andrewea of 
Farmin^ton. the daughter of Willm Andrewea of Hartford, May the third 
one thousand six hundred fifty fore. 

Page *J."). 

Joseph Smith of Hartford was married to Lydia Iluit, daughter of Mr 
Ephraim Unit of Windsor April! the 20 th 1656. 

John Church sonn of Richard Church of Hartford was married to 
Sarah Beckly daughter of Richard Beckly of New Haven the 27 th day 
of ( October Anno 165*3 . 

David E oof .1- E a Mahatebell Gunn daughter of 

Thomas Gunn were maryed the 22 > of ( ; ct< ber 1663, 

John Catlin, son of Thomas Catlin 6x Mary Marshall were maryed the 
i of July 1663 [5?] 

waa maryed to Mary Grau i Graue 

mber 12th I6l ! 

Mr Andrew Belcher waa marryed to Mrs, Sarah Gilbert daughter of 
Mr Jonath Gilbert of II irtford the 1* ! July Hi". I 

John Biddoll Jun f was marryed to Sarah Wella daughter of M r Tho 
W( lla of Hartford . \ 

leu Elopkina son of Steuen Hopkins was married to Sarah Jud, the 
daughter of Thomas Jud of Waterbury Nov 1 17, 1686. 

ijamin Graham & Abigail Humphry was man a d Feb. 1 1 ; ] 

Abigail Graham dyed June 27, 1 

\ th B Cole was married to Lidia D 1676. She died in Jan* 

25, L688. 

h. Cole waa married to Mary Benton ( "-'.'J, 16[8 I 

Joseph Mygatl was married to Sarrah Webater l. : V !i da 1677. 

Tho Butler was married to Abigail Shepard A _■. 6, L691. 

Tho Day was married to Hannah Wilson daughter of John W 
Septemb» 21, 1698. 

Sam Gilbert waa married to Mary Rogers daughter 
of New London Oct. 2, L684. 

Jonathan Bull was married to Sarrah Whittinc March 19 1GH*. 

Daniel Clark son of Tho Clark was married to Mary Burr June 1693. 

John Day was married to Grace S] \t\ of Jan 17 1696. 

Caleb Stanly was married to Hannah Spencer of Hartford May 13, 
1686. His wife died Decerno* 5* 1702. 

John Baker was maryed to Rachell Merry Dec. 1702. 

Page 26. 

Christopher Crow of Hartford was maryed to Mary Burr, daughter of 
Benj Burr of^ Hartford the 15 t(l of January 1656. 

Jacob Demmon was maried to Eliz a Edwards ye 14 of March 1695. 

Edward Cadwcll was married to Deborali Bunce, daughter of John 
Bunce Dec. 20, 1704. 

John Andrewea was married to Hanna Gillet April 23, 1702. 

Steph Andrewes was married to Sarah Gillet March 29, 1705. 

Jonath Ashly was married to Eliz a Olocot May 20 th 1703. 

Joseph Ashly was married to Mary Mix Decern 28 th 1709. 

1859.] Hartford Records. 143 

John Butler was married to Mary Marsh field March 11 170[5-6 ?J 

John Bracy was married to Mary Webster, daughter of Jonathan Web- 
ster of Hartford February 22'' 1705-6. 

Josiah Clark was married to Elizabeth Taylor daughter of Thomas 
Taylor March 11th 1703. 

Jonath Arnold was married to Hannah Robinson October the 5 t!l 1709. 

John Arnold was married to Hannah Meakins Jan r 12 ril 1*09-10. 

John Watson Jun r was married to Sarah Steel the daughter of James 
Steel Feb* 19^ 1707-8. 

John Peck was married to Mehitable Revc Nov. — 1707. 

Jonath Butler was married to Mary Easton Sep 1 18, 1707. 

Henry Bracy was married to Ann Collyer Jan r 30 t!| 1706. 

Joseph Bunce was married to Ann Sanford April 170S. 

Sam" Church was marri* d to Eliz' Clark Augusl 17 l: 1710. 

Joshua Carter was married to Mary Skinner May 21, 1691. 

Joseph Benton was married to Sarah Waters Feb. 10. 1697. 

Tlio Cadwell was married to Manna Butlar Sept 23 1 1(Jn7. 

Edward 1 )od was married to Lydia Flowers August 2, 170."). 

W m Blanchard was married to Sarah Cowles Octo 5 th 1718. 

Jacob Benton was married to Abigail Carter July (i, 172 1. 

Thomas Bunce was married to Eliz' Easton Jane 2, 1709. 

Tho Bidwell was married t<> Prudence Scott March 28th 1710. 

Baysey Baker was married to Hanna Willet April 1' 1697. 

Jonath Bidwell was married to Martha Butler Decemb' the 25* 1711. 

Thomas Bull was married to Tliankl'nll Butler June 29 th 1720. 

Edward Foster married Ann Hill Novem. 1"). 1*710. 

David Ensign married 2 time to Sarah Moody A prill 29. 1726. 

James Ensign married to Lydia Baker March 20 th l(^!)-90. She died 
Sept 16 th 1701. 

John Ensign was married to Elizabeth Dickinson May 13, 170[9.-] 

Joseph Collyer was married to Eliz 1 Humphreys July 1 th 1705. 

W m Cadwell was married to Ruth Marsh October :> 1st 1711. 

John Cole was married to Elizabeth Goodwin Scptcmb r 12"' 1713. 

Matthew Cadwele was married August 31, 1722 to Esther Burnham. 

Page 27. 

Benjamin Graham was married to Sarrah Webster Nov. 20 h 169S. 
Jonah Gross was married to Rebeccah Wadsworth Aug' 1 ll lh 1708. 
Richard Gil man was married to Eliz* Burnam March l :i 1702. 
Sam" Goodwin was married to Mary Steel March IS, 1707-8. 
John Gross was married to Mary Wadsworth Novem. 17, 1709. 
Isaac Hopkins son of Eben z Hopkins was born Novemb r 25 th 1708. 
Joseph was borne June 23, 1710. 

Thomas Hosmer was married to Ann Prentiss Decemb r 24, 1700. 
Samuel Howard was married to Alice Hooker Septcmb r 20, 1720. 
Nathan 11 Jones was married to Rebckah Pantry Aprill 30, 1713. 
Thomas Judd was married to Hepzuibah Williams, Jan rv 16, Anno Dom 

William Kelsev was married to Rebecca Messenger Jan r 5 th 17Q9-10. 

Steph Kelsy dyed Novemb. 30th 1710. 

Sam" Kellog was married to Hannah Benton May 11 th 1711. 

Thomas King was married to Sarah Mygatt Novem 6 th 1712. 

Joseph King was married to Mary Jess May 2, 1717. 

Isaac Kellogg was married to Mary Webster Decemb 26, 1717. 

144 Hartford Records. [April, 

Benj a Kellogg was married to Abigail Sedgwick Nov. S tb 1721. 

John Austin was married to Mary Hooker Decern. 8 th 1713. 

Jonathan Arnold was married to Sarah Jones August 16 th 1715. 

Tho Hosmer son of Thomas Hosmer and Anna his wife was born 
Octob r 28 th 1701. 

Steph was born Jan. 6 ,h 1703-4. 

Joseph was born Novemb 28 th 1705. 

Sarah was born Sep 1 7 th 1707. 

Ann was born Sept [1?]4 1710. 

James Hannison was married to Mehetabell Grave Jan" 1 st 1701. 

Nath" Humphreys was married to Agnes Spencer March 14"' 1708-9. 

John Hubbard was married to Abigail Humphreys Octo 1715. 

Joseph Gillct was married to Sarah Burr Aprill 14 th 1715. 

Jonah Gross was married to Susannah Howard March 13, 1717-8. 

Ozias Goodwin was married to Martha Williamson June 6 th 1723. 

Charles Buckland was married to Hannah Shepard May 22 d 1712. 

Samuel Barnard was married to Sarah Williamson August 12 lh 1714. 

Benony Brown was married to Elizabeth Arnold Jan r 25 th 1715-6. 

Jonathan Barret was married to Keheckah Whaples November 12 th 

John Easton was married to Sarah Butlar Decern. 11 th 1712. 

John Edwards was married to Christian Williamson Deccmr 24 th 1719. 

James Church was married to Abigail Stanly Deeeml/ 10th 1722. 

Samuel Chappcll was married to Hannah Cadwell July 3, 1723. 

Tage 28. 

Richard Lord was married to Abigail Warren Jan rv 14, 91-2. 

Robert Reeve was marryed to Sarah Adkins July 2 (1 1717. 

Isaac Merrell was married to Sarah Cook May 22'' 170G. 

Abcll Merrells was married to Mabell Easton March 5, 1710-11. 

Peter Morriss was married to Kezia Ames March 9, 1718-9. 

Thomas Olmstcad was married to Ann Webster February 21, 1716. 

Paul Peck was married to Leah Merry August 20 th 1701. 

John Parsons was married to Dorothy Sparks May 27 th 1712. 

Peter Pratt was married to Mchetable Watorus Sep 1 7 th 1709. 

Elisha Pratt was married to Sarah Burnham DecermV 7, 1726. 

Ebcnezer Judd was married to Hannah Richards on the 5 th Day of 
Novemr 1729. 

Samuel Rizley was married to Rcbcckah Gains August 1, 1704. 

Thomas Richards was married to Abigail Turner June 6 lh 1717. 

Joseph Root was married to Hannah Kellogg Octo. 20 th 1715. 

Sam" Sedgwick Jun r was married to Ruth Peck Feb. 1, 1710-11. 

Caleb Stanly Jun r was married to Abigail Prince Feb. 15, 1704-5. 

Joseph Symonds was married to Abigail Spencer March 2 d 1709. 

Gershome Sexton was married to Abigail King Jan r 20, 1708-9. 

Thomas Shepard was married to Jane North October 12, 1710. 

Is a Shelding was married to Eliz a Pratt Feb. 29, 1716-17. 

Steph Tavlor was married to Violet Bigelow Sep 1 1 st 1709. 

Stephen tavlor was married to Esther Richards Octob r 6 lh 1703. She 
died April 27," 1705. 

Jonathan Taylor was married to Eliz a Richards Octo. 5 th 1709. 

Abell Gillet was married to Abigail Ensign on the 18 th Day of May 
A. D. 1731. 

1859.] Hartford Records. ' 145 

John Pratt Jun r was married to Hannah Norton the daughter of John 
Norton Jan r 29 th 1712-13. 

John Porter was married to Hannah Hopkins the wid° of Joseph Hop- 
kins deceas d , on the 3 d day of December 1713. 

Hezekiah Porter 2 d was married to Sarah Wright August 25 th 1719. 

Page 29. 

Joseph Skinner was married to Dorothy Hosmer Janr 1 st 1696. 

Joseph Skinner was married to his second wife who was Eliz a Olmstead 
Ja^ 28 lh 1707-8. 

Richard Scamer was married to Mary Wilson Octo: 30 th 1707. 

Thomas Steel was married to Susan Webster May 10, 1709. 

Thomas Sadd was married to Hannah Grant the daught r of Math. Grant 
Decemb r 25 th 1712. 

Jobannah Smith was married to Sarah Graves Sept: 26, 1714. 

Eben Sedgwick was married to Prudence Merrells June 30 th 1720. 

Jonath Seymor was married to Mary Bull May 27 lh 1725. 

Thomas Hopkins was married to Mary Beckley March 1, 1716-17. 

Jonathan Steel was married to Dorothy Mygatt May 5 th 1715. 

Timothy Seymour was married to Rachel Allyn Aprill 27 th 1727. 

John Seymour was married to Lydia Mason June 25 th 1718. 

Daniel Kellogg was married to Deborah Moor November 27 h 1729. 

Freeman Gross was married to Susannah Deming January 7 th 1731-2. 

Thomas Hosmer was married to Susannah Steel July 18 th 1734. 

John Gurney was married to Sarah Hubbard October 2, 1728. 

Jonathan Wadsworth was married to Hepzibeth Marsh Novem 29 th 

John Webster was married to Abiel Steel Decemb r 25 th 1712. 

James Williams Jun r was married to Sarah Judd the 29 th of December 
Anno Dom 1715. 

Stephen Webster was married to Mary Burnham June 6 th Anno Dom 

Jacob Webster was married to Elizabeth Nickols Feb. 16 th 1717-18. 

Daniel Webster was married to Mirriam Kellogg Nov. 11 th 1719. 

Ichabod Wadsworth was married to Sarah Smith Decemb r 21 st Anno 
Dom. 1720. 

Joseph Webster was married to Hannah Baker May 11 th 1726. 

Sam 11 Weston was married to Anna Thornton May 23, 1728. 

Cyprian Webster was married to Elizabeth Seymour Sept 25 th 1729. 

Henry Nickolson was married to Hannah Spencer June 8, 1729. 

Nathaniel White was married to Sarah Hinsdall July 29 th 1725. 

Caleb Watson was married to Hannah Porter on the 5th Day of July 

Daniel Bull was married to Hannah Wadsworth October 26 lh 1733- 

Dositheus Humphriss was married to Anne Griswould May 23 d 1734, 

James Bidvvell was married to Ruth Stanly December 3 d 1713. 

Page 30. 

Jacob Benton was marryed to Elizabeth Hinsdall Aprill 4 th 1728. 

Jacob Bidwell of Hartford was married to Sarah Belding the daughter 
of Mr Timothy Belding of Hartford December 31 st 1764. 

Thomas Pellitt Juneor and Martha his wife was married March 18 th 

Philliss the daughter of Thomas Phillett his wife [sic] was born March 
8 th 1731. 


146 Hartford Records. [April, 

Patience was born October 8 th 1736. 

Sarah Gurney daughter of John Gurney & Sarah his wife was born 
July 13 th 1729. 

Elizabeth was born 27 th Feb^ 1730-1. 

John was born Jan rjr 13, 1732-3. 

Lydia was born December 6 th 1734. 

Bazaleel was born Novem r 28 th 1737. 

Charles Kelsey was married to Hannah Larkham of Enfield May 8 th 

Ezekiel Webster was married to Rebeccah Gaines January 21 st 1731-2. 

Rebecca daughter of Ezekiel and Rebe.cca his wife was born August 
18, 1733. 

Ruth born June 13, 1736. 

Ezekiel born June 21, 1739. 

Elijah born May 1, 1742. 

Hannah Wainwright daughter of William Wainwright born of Abigail 
Whaples the 13 th day of April ADom 1742. 

Page 31. 

John Merrills Jun r was married to Sarrah Marsh Sept 29, 1694. 

John Moody was married to Sarah Evetts April 3 d 1700. 

Caleb Merrells was married to Mercy Sedgwick August 2 tl 1733. 

Timothy Skinner was married to Ruth Colton May 1738. 

Ruth Skinner the daughter of Tim Skinner & Ruth his wife was born 
March 9 th 1738-9. 

Anne was born Novem r 22 d 1740. 

Mabel was born March 19, 1742-3. 

Thomas Olmstead was married to Hanna Mix June 25, 1691. 

Stephen Olmstead was married to Sarah Merrell daught r of Jn° Merrell 
June 27 th 1723. 

Tim Porter was married to Mary Pitkin June 14 th 1716. 

Experience Sedgwick daughf of Joseph Sedgwick and Ruth his wife 
was born March 12 th 1726-7. 

Esther Sedgwick was born Jan^ l !l 1728-9. 

A son born Febry 5 th 1730-31 and dyed two days after. 

Mary Seymor daughter of Jonath" Seymor & Mary his wife was born 
May 23 d 1726. 

Millecent was born Augs* 23 d 1728. 

Benjamin Dammon of Hartford lawfully married to Mercy Palmer of 
Windham November 5 th 1740. 

David the son of the s d Benj a & Mercey was born July 30, 1744. 

Page 32. 

Samuel Richards was married unto Hannah Henbury June 14, 1697. 

Abigail Hamlin daughter of Abigail Whaples was born April 29th day 
A. Dom. 1748. 

Thomas Seamo 1 was married to Mary Waters June 21 sl 1711. 

Jonathan Sedgwick was married to Isabell Stebbins March 7 th 1716-7. 

John Skinner was married to Mary Turner Decemb 1 24 lh 1724. 

Nath 1 Standly was married to Sarah Boosey June 2, 1659. 

John Spencer was married to Sarah Smith daughter of Joseph Smith 
Octo: 4, 1693. 

Richard Smith was married to Elizabeth Cole Decemb r 20 th 1705. 

Garret Spencer was married to Sarah Day daughter of John Day June 
10 th 1708. 

1859.] Hartford Records. 147 

John Shelding was married to Elizabeth Pratt April 20, 1708. 

Ephraim Turner was married to Mary Niccols May 2, 1700. 

John Watson was married to Bethia Tyler, daughter of W m Tyler 
Aprill 30, 1730. 

Richard Treat was married to Susannah Woodbridge August the 
Seventh 1728. 

Ichabod Wells was married to Sarah Way Sept 4th i§§± 

Jona Webster was married to Dorcas Hopkins May 11 th 1681. 

W m Whitting was married to Mary Allyn, daughter of Col. Jn° Allyn 
Octobr 1686. 

Moses Webster was married to Mary Bracy the 6 th day of December 
Anno Dom. 1733. 

Zcchariah Seamor was married to Hannah Olmsted Nouemb. 24, 1709. 

Sam" Shepard was married to Bethia Steel May 17, 1709. 

Phillip Smith was married to Mary Robinson Sept. 1708. 

Joseph Shepard was married to Eliz a Flowers June 19, 1711. 

Jobannah Smith was married to Mary Flowers Aprill 16, 1719. 

Joseph Sedgwick was married to Ruth Smith Jan' 7 24 th 1722-3. 

Stephen Sedgwick was married to Mary Harris Decemb r 16 th 1725. 

Marcy Dammon the wife of Benjamin Dammon dyed April 26 1 ' 1 A 
Dom. 1740. 

George Wright was married to Mary Hannison Octo: 18, 1694. 

John Wilson was married to Mary Gilbert Novem. 27 ,h 1707. 

Jacob Merrells was married to Abigail Webster May 10 th 1710. 

Sam" Wells was married to Rachel Cad well May 26th 1709. 

Cyprian Watson was married to Eliz a Steel Jan r 27 th 1715. 

Samuel Williams was married to Hannah Hickcox Nov. 13 th 1722. 

Samuel Wells was married to Esther Ellsworth Jan ry 31, 1722. 

Page 33. 

George Wyllys Esq r late of Fenny Compton in Old England, dyed 
March 9 th 1644. 

Abigail Andrewes daughter of Willm Andrewes dyed, was buried May 

Col John Allvn dyed November 11 th 1696. 

Maj Jonath. Bull died Aug. 17, 1702. 

John Townsend died Nov. 20, 1702, apprentice to Sam" Catling. 

Capt Tho 8 Seymour died August the 30th 1740. 

Lidiah wife of John Baker died Mav 16, 1700. 

Helena wife of Cyprian Niccols died May the 12 th 1702. 

Esther Pratt died Octobr 7 th 1702. 

Thomas Thornton died Sept 22, 1703. 

The wife of Mr Joseph Talcott died March 24, 1704. 

Mrs Sarah Haynes died Nov. 15, 1705. 

Mary the wife of Thomas King died Sept 27 th 1706. 

Nath Cole died Aprill 20, 170[9 ?] 

Sam" Wyllys Esq. born in England, son of George Wyllys son of 
Timo of Fenny Compton, dyed May 30 th 1709. 

Hezekiah Wyllys Esq. dyed December 24th Anno Dom. 1741. 

Hannah Skinner dyed Octob r 23 d 1709. 

Jonath Bigelow dyed Jan r 9 th 1710-11. 

Ann Bunce dyed Octob r 18 th 1710. 

Dorothy Skinner dyed in March 1702. 

John Skinner son of Joseph dyed in June 1704. 

148 Hartford Records. [April, 

James Camp dyed Decemb r 14 th 1710. 

Sam 11 Camp dyed Decemb r 17 th 1710. 

Mathew Webster son of Robert Webster dyed Feb. 2 d 1707. 

Ruth Seamo r the wife of Tho Seamo r dyed July 19 th 1710. 

Robbin Wilson dyed April 7 th 1708. 

Timothy Hide dyed May 28, 1710. 

George Olcott dyed Jan"" 18 th 1710-11. 

Eliz ft Easton wife of John Easton dyed June 10 th 1710. 

.Alary Ashlv wife of Joseph Ashlv dyed June 23, 1710. 

Wats Hubbard dyed June 10, 1710. ' 

Sarah Wheelar the wife of Sam" Whcelar dyed in Octob r 1710. 

Ann Wheelar dyed Novem 28 ,h 1710. 

Sarah Spencer the wife of Sam" Spencer dyed April 24 th 1706. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Wadsworth, wife of Capt Jos. Wadsworth dyed Octo. 
26, 1710. 

M :• Rich Lord's Negro man Jo. dyed June 14 lh 1710. 

Mary Smith wife of Phillip Smith dyed Decern. 23, 1707 in the 37 tn 
vcar of her age. 

John Camp Sen* dyed March 14th 1710-11. 

Abigail Elmor decsed Jan'" 15* 1711-12. 

Phillis Parsons the wife of John Parsons dyed Jan r 9, 1711-12. 

Esther Gilbert the daughter of Eben« Gilbert dyed Feb. IS* 1711. 

Thomas King dyed Decemb' 26, 1711, and his "wife Jan. 2, 1711-12. 

John Men :i r dyed July 18th 1712. 

Hepzibath Sadd dyed December 20 th 1711. 

Ahrani Waters son of Thomas Waters died July 25 th 1712. 

Capt Sam 1 Sedgwick dyed March 24* 173i-5. 

Caleb Merrellsdyed Septem' 24* 1735. 

Thankfull the wife of Tho" Bull dyed July 6 th 1734. 

Mrs Sarah Haynes 2 d , dyed Nov. 9* 1724. 

Mary the wife'of Col W" Whiting, dyed Decern 1 " 14 th 1734, 

Joseph Haynes dyed Sept 11, 1716. 

Mr John Haynes dyed Nov. 25, 1713. 

Hannah the wife of Jonanathan Arnold dyed Septcmb r 18 th 1714. 

Lamorock Flowers dyed June 19 th 1716. 

Hannah the wife of David Ensign Jun r dyed Nov 4 lh 1719. 

John Easton dyed on the 2' 1 November 1716. 

Thankfull Sedgwick dved July 2, 1720. 

Daniel Webster son of Dan" Webster dyed Feb^ 27 lh 1720-1. 

Nath Cadwell dved Decembr 27 ,h 1723. 

Sam 11 Bushnell dved Feb. 5 th 1725-6. 

Tho Burnham Jun dved May 12, 1726. 

Mr David Bidwell dved June 24, 1758. 

Thomas Judd died August 24 th 1721. 

John Moodey of Hartford dyed Novem r 5, 1732, aged 72 years. 

Mary Turner died March 24, 1728. 

[The above completes all that is contained in the first book of Hartford 

1859.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 149 


[Prepared by William B. Trask, of Dorchester.] 

[Continued from page 15.] 

John Hanniford. — I, John Hanniford, of Boston, Marriner, being in 
health, make this my will. Unto my wife, & to Sarah, o r Daughter to 
they as Joint, the one third part of all my Es[t]ate, being in Goods, Mon- 
ey & Household stuffc. Unto my sonne, Samuell Hanniford, the Land 
& the Housing thcron (lying as the Deed makes mention of upon Record) 
sctuate [in] Boston, Lately purchased by me of my Father in Law, John 
Button, of Boston. Unto my sonne, Samuell, my siluer porringer, two 
siluer spooncs, my Gold Ringe & all my wearing apparrell & one third 
part of all such goods as shall exceede the ualue of the said Bequeathed 
house. Unto my Daughter, Hannah Hanniford, that House and Land 
w r in I sometime Liued, Joining to the Lands abouementioned, & be- 
queathed to my sonne, Samuell, now in the Occupation of M r Richard 
Hickes, in Boston. To my Daughter, Hannah, one siluer Beer bole & 2 
siluer spooncs, all the Linninne which appertained to nice, one Feather 
Bed & Ruggc, and whatsoeucr is myne in y c Custodye of my Father in 
Law, John Button, & one third part of all sucli goods as shall make the 
portion equal unto her as I hauc giuen to my sonne, Samuell. My will is, 
that my sonne, Samuell, and my Daughter, Hannah, or their executors, 
administrators of the one & of the other & of them Both, shall pay unto 
my Daughter, Sarah, £ % 20 sterling, each of them, at such time as said 
Samuell & Hannah shall bee of age. My will is that if either my sonne 
or daughter dye single persons & unmarried, that then the Longest liuer 
of them shall haue y e half of the estate to him or her so bequeathed, & 
the other Ilalfe unto my Daughter, Sarah, all the aboue mentioned Lega- 
cyes unto they & their heires forcuer. In Cause that my sonne Dye 
without an heir, or my Daughter Hannah, or my Daughter Sarah, that 
then the Lands to bee the one halfe unto the Children of my sister, Mary 
French, equally & the other half unto the children of my sister, Rose 
Morrish, equally, and halfe the goods or money to them appertaining, 
the other halfe of the goods & money unto the three sonncs of my Wife, 
had by George Dill. In Case my Louing wife happen to be with Childe 
at my Departure from her then my will is, that the Ouerseers of my 
Estate take a proportionable part from the before mentioned Children, 
that is, from Samuell & Hannah, & <£10 from Sarahs, <£40 & giue it that 
Childe. My will Conserning my wife h, that shee shall haue the one 
third part of whatsoeuer my estate shall amount unto. And I Intreat my 
Louing Freinds, Beacon Marshall, Michaell Wills, and Christopher 
Gibson, to Joyne with my Father in Law, John Button, to see this my 
will performed. In token of my Loue unto either of them, I will that my 
Louing wife, my executrix, Deliuer unto euery of them, .£3 starling to 
buy each of them a Ringe. As Concerning the Estate of my Predecessor, 
George Dill, my Desire is, y l the Honoured Court of Boston would be 
pleased to Order unto my Wife that part unto her Due, as also the parts 
Due unto the three sonnes of him. My Desyre is, Farther, that the 
Estate of my predecessor, & the Estate properly to mee Belonging, may 
not be intermixt, & that the affaires of both y e Estates may bee so 

150 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April, 

Ordered, as that their may bee no Cause of strife Between Brethren. 
Dec. 26th, 1657. John Hanniford. 

In the presence of 

George Mountjoy, William Pcarsc. 

This will was produced in Court 5 Ul Feb. 1660, to be proved by the 
executrix, she to bring in an exact accompt of the estate of the Late 
George Dill, in relation to the Inventory she formerly Brought into the 
Court of that Estate. Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

12. 9 mo 1664, W m Pearse Deposed. 

Memorandum, the 5 Ul Feb. 1660, the Widow Hanniford, in open 

Court, Demanded a Bond that Goodman Burton had giuen to Mr Han- 

niford about securing the thirds of \" House <x- Lands by him sold. 

W* Pcarsc acknowledged that he had such a Bund Committed unto his 

Custodye by M r Hanniford. • Rawson^ Recorder. 

An Inventory of M r Hanniford 1 te was taken by John Anderson 

and Jo i Euerell, IT) April 1661. Amt. £1064. 01. ()(!. Mentions a 
dwelling house and wharfe with tin- land thereto belonging where his 
wife now liueth as now it is. £200; one negro boy Bervant, <£20 ; y e 
house wherein Timothy Pratt lines and SamueJl Norden keepes shopp, 

580; y c house wherin M r Hickes liueth; creditors, Stephen Ford, 
Leiftenant William Phillips, Thomas Warner, William Avorie, John 
Laddchornc, Thomas Swift, Henery Lampery, M r Mayrc, M" Mader, 
James Everel, John Matson, Edward P . M r Greeneleffe. Estate in- 
debted to Father Button, M r Peake of London, Marke Hands, Goodman 
Biggs, to paym 1 for Samuel Hanniford at schoole, £2. is. ; to John 
Convey, Humphrey MiLom, Cap 1 Clarke, & 

When 1 married y 6 within named, John Hanniford, he tould mee he 
had an estate of«£900 or thereaboutes of w ch hee disbursed £380, for a 
house to his Father in Law, Button. When he went last away he carried 
w 1 ' 1 him £500 or upwards he tould me he had in Portingall a debt of 
<£100, but in whose hands it is, 1 know not, neither is there any Ace* of it 
p r booke or bill ; he reced in part of it a Butt and a boghead of wine. He 
ship 1 from Barbados for England to pay debts thereaboutes, a hundred 
pounds worth of sugar, as my Brother, Hands, tould me, which was lost, 
y e ship was taken. lie had a p r cell of Wines which came to him from 
Barbadoes, by w ch he lost a i'l()0[r] nee re of y c principle. Seuerall 
debts are due to him in Barbadoes oi which there is noe probability to 
receiue any of it, as my Brother, Marke Hands, tells nice. 

This is the best Acct. that Can be given of y* estate of this said John 
Hanniford by mee, Abigael Hanniford. 

[Then follows the inventory of the estate of M r George Dill the former 
husband of Mrs Hanniford. The estate is mentioned as Creditor among 
other things, " by an Irish mayde, ^10."] 

Widow Heath. — Jan. 1 st 1664. I. Elizabeth Heath, of Roxbury, wid- 
ow, weake in body, make this my last will. I giue unto my sister, 
Burnett & Martha Band, my two Cowes, heer at home, after my Death, 
my sister to take her Choice, & my will is, they Bee kept this winter of 
my Hay, without any Charge to them. I giue to Isaack Burnet, Lately 
gone to sea, my young sow if he either Come Back or send before y e 
next summer, else my will is, that his mother, my sister, shall have her, 
& that she [be] kept at my Charge untill then. I giue unto Jacob New- 
ells wife 20s. to be paid her within one month after my Death, halfe in 

1859.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 151 

money, the Rest in cornc. I giue unto Isaack Jones his Daughter, that 
he had by Hannah Heath, 15s. flue in money, the rest in Corne, p d her 
within a Month after my Death. To Mary Heath, 20s. & to Nicholas 
Williams as much, to be p' 1 to cither of y m within one month after my 
Death. To Thomas Morry, 10s. to bee paid him a litle before his time 
of seruice now Come out, & as much tu his Mother that now is, to bee 
paid her within a moneth after my Decease. I giue to my Cousinne 
Garry, the Old man, 20s., & to Goodman Fruyscll, that married Goodman 
Busheth Daughter, as much, to be p' 1 each of them within one moneth 
after my Death. I will & appoint that my Cousinne, Cap 1 Johnson, shall 
haue the First yeares increase of my two Cowes at Isaack Williams. 
I giue to my Grand Children, my three Cowes, two Being at Isaack 
Williams, & that I Lett to Goodman Bush. My Minde and will is, that 
my Sister, Waterman, shall haue the use of my Mare, During her Life, 
& I giue her unto John Bowels, my Grandchild, &; my wearing apparrell 
I giue Between my sister Burnett & Waterman. I appoint my sonne in 
Law, Bowels, Executor of this will. 

19 th Jan. 1664. Bower of Administration to the Estate of Elizabeth 
Heath, Widow, is Graunted to John Boules, to perform the Imperfect will 
abouewritten, as necr as may bee, Bringing in an Inuentory of the Estate 
to the next Court. Edw. Raw son, Recorder. 

Inuentorve of the estate of Widow Heath, at Roxbury, prised p r us, 
Jan. 31, 1664, William Parke, Thomas Welld. 

Debts owing to the Estate from M r William Crowne, John Palmeter, 
Robert Pepper, Jonathan Beak, Hugh Thomas, Arthur Cane, M rs Maeder, 
Jn° Bolly, Joseph Wise. 

The Estate Debtor to George Branne, to her sister Burnum, to M r 
Jones Daughter, Jacob Ncwd Is wife, Thomas Morry & His mother, 
James Frissell, Mary Heath, Nicholas Williams, Edward Morris, Arthur 
Garye, Isaack Burnop ; Goodman Griffinne for Worke, for Coffinne & 
Rayles, wine at her Buriall ; to Edward Morrisse for worke, Joshua 
Lamb for worke, to Goodwife Tellar for nursing Her, to Thomas 
Hanley, &c. Her Inuentory & Debts, £53.\3s.09d. Legacies & 
Debts owing, iT46.18s.03fZ. Resteth Due, £6.15s.06rf. 

Feb. 8 Ul 166-1. Jn° Bowles Deposed to the truth of the Inuentorye of 
the Estate of the Widow Heath, his Late Mother in Lawe. 

Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

James Bennyman. — The Last Will and Testament of me, James Pen- 
nyman, of Braintree, the 18th of the 10 ,h month 1664. My Debts being 
discharged, and the Charge of my Funerall, which being Done, my 
moueable Estate I thus Dispose of Halfe my uplands, halfe my Meadows, 
halfe my Orchard, halfe my Barnes & outhousing, aad all my Dwelling 
house, I doe giue unto my Beloued wife, for her support, & my Lesser 
Children with her. The other halfe I giue unto my sonne, Joseph, & if 
he thinke good, to Improoue it all for his Mothers Comfort, upon such 
termes as his Mother & hee mav aoree. I thinke it will be Best, if hee 
marry & build neer my wife, shee shall Lett him haue which part of the 
Orchard she pleaseth. My moueable Estate I also giue wholy to my 
wife, for her support & the Education of my Lesser Children. And 
Because God hath blessed me with many Children I doe Commit it to 
my wife's Discretion to Doe good unto them all, in. as neer a proportion 
as shee Canne, & to be most helpfull to them that haue most need, and 

152 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April, 

when she finisheth her life w* remaineth in her hands, either of my Lands 
or goods she shall, by y e Best aduice she can, proportion out unto my 
Children, so as to make them as equal sharers as shee Canne. My first 
borne, James, hailing been educated into such a way of liuinge as hee is 
hauing already had a portion I trust in the Lord it will bee such a Bless- 
ing as will answer his Double portion. To my youngest sonne, Samuell, 
& my 3 youngest Daughters, I giue <£20 apeice, if it bee to bee had at my 
VVifes Decease, or afore, if need bee, & such as are married, to be made 
up to such a sum, if it be to be had. 

Witnesse, Richard Brackett, James Pennyman. 

Robert Parmanter, Joseph Adames, Benjamin Thomson. 

31 Jan. 1664. Richard Brackett & Joseph Adams deposed [adding" 
that they heard James Penniman before he Dyed, while he was in gooc 
memory, Declare it as his Last will, that hee added to his will, that hee 
gaue his sonne, James, the wood of Fifteen acre in Great Feild. 

Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

Power of Administration, the same day, granted to the Estate of the 
Late James Pennyman, to Lydia, his wife to pcrforme the Imperfect will 
aboue written, as neer as she Canne. Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

Inventory of the Estate taken 27th of Sept. 1664, by Moses Paine, 
Joseph Adams, Amt. o£505.03s. Mentions, u his part of his Lease of 
M r HofFes Necke," dwelling house, barnc, stable, old house & orchard, 
30 acres of Land or thereabout lying neer y e Mill pond, £10-, 15 acres 
neer Knights necke, c£30 ; about 18 acres nigh Weym° Ferrye, c£55 ; 
3 acres by Goodman Parmenters, o£15, &c. &C. 

Jan. 31, 1661. Lydia Penniman deposed to the Inventory of this 
Estate of her Late husband, James Penniman. 

Edward Clapp. — The last Will & Testament of M r Edward Clappe, 
of Dorchester, made this 3 a day of January 1664 — being weak in Body. 
My Funeral being Discharged & Just debts paid, I giue unto my wife, 
,£20, in what goods she shall Desire it, and my will is, that shee Enjoye 
all my Housing, Land, orchard, planting Land and Meadow, together 
with y e two neerest Diuisions of woodland (except what is heerafter ex- 
pressed) During her widowhood, except my sonne, Nehemiah, shall first 
Marry or attaine the age of 21 yeares,then, in such a Case, he shall haue 
such part as is heerafter expressed, also my wife shall enjoy one quarter 
of the tide Mill, untill Nehemiahs age afores' 1 , but if my wife marry, then 
my will is, that all my Land shall Returne unto my two sonnes as is 
heerafter expressed, & then my will is, that my wife shall haue fourescore 
pounds more added to the first twenty, to bee hers foreuer. As for my 
children, my will is, that Ezra, shall haue as much as my Daughters, & 
that my four Daughters shall haue an equall portion, my sonne, Nehe- 
miah, c£20 more than my Daughters, I Canne set no summe, because I 
know not w* it will Come to, but my meaning is, they shall haue equall 
portions with what they that are married haue already receiued, it being 
<£30 apiece, which is to be part of their portions. I will & appoint that 
Ezra, my Eldest sonne, shall haue my Land Lying at Milton, in the 12 th 
Lott upon apprisement, & all my Lands lying on that side Naponsett 
Riuer, also a parcell of Medow at Dorchester necke, near pow-wow point, 
& another small parcell of Meadow at or near pine neck, at that Land on 
y e plaine at neck towards pow-wow point, & a quarter of the tide Mill, all 

1859.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 153 

to bee prized & he receiuing paying as is Due by the aprointment of my 
Ouerseers, unto whom I giue full power to Order as they shall Judge most 
conducing to the good of my wife & of all my Children, keeping as near 
as may bee to this my will. I Giue unto my sonne, Nehemiah, at mar- 
riage or age, one halfe of the Housing, Land, orchard Meadow, wood 
land, one quarter of the Mill, all to be prised, & he to pay his sisters their 
portion, to bee paid at the appointment of the Ouerseers. [Unto his 
Daughters, Susanna and Esther, he gives equal single portions to be paid 
by his Executors, at the appointment of the Overseers.] I appoint my 
wife & my sonne, Ezra Clappe, to bee my Executors, and Intreat my 
Louing Brethren, Captaine Roger Clappe, Ensighns John Capen & 
Nicholas Clapp to bee my Ouerseers. 

[No Signatures.] 

The testimony of Roger Clapp, aged 55 yeares or thereabout, & 
Jn° Capen, aged 51 yeares, & Nicholas Clap, aged 52 or thereabouts. 
Wee euery one of us being present at the House of Edicard Clappe, on 
the 3<i day of January 1664, did hear the writing now presented read unto 
the said Edward Clap, now Deceased, & he approued of it to be his will, 
& hee Caused it to bee read againe, in the hearing of his wife, to see if 
shee had any exception to make & then appointed it to be writ fairly out 
againe, which accordingly was forthwith Done, & wee Coming to the In- 
tent to haue it perfected, were informed that he was asleepe & therefore 
were not willing to trouble him, it being Late in the night, went away & 
forbore at that present, & afterward it was neglected to bee presented, so 
nothing elce was done, concerning setling his Estate that we know of. 
Taken upon oath the 1 st of February 1664, as the probate of the will 
hereto annext, y e wife & sonne, Execut" therein, accepting therof, the 
wife by her Letter & the sonne in Court by the 3 p r ties aboue written, as 
attests, Edicard Rawson, Recorder. 

Inventory of the Estate of Edicard Clappe, of Dorchester who Departed 
this Life the 8 th Jan. 1664, apprised by Hopestill Foster, William Sumner, 
Feb. 17th 1664. Amt <£794. 15.3. including debts due the estate. The 
Estate debtor to the am 1 , of c£ 113.02.07. Mentions land at seuerall 
places, at the litle & great necke, in the Cow walke at Milton, by Mr 
Stoughtons Farme, &c. &c. Halfe the Mill valued at <£50. 

Susanna Clapp deposed, March 30, 1665 to this Inventory of the Estate 
of her late Husband, Edward Clappe. 

Susannah Compton. — The Last will and Testament of Susannah 
Compton, being in good health, widow of the Long since Departed, John 
Compton. I Desyre that after the Lord hath taken me out of this Life & 
my Bodye Layed in the graue my few goods heerafter mentioned 1 giue 
& bequeath unto my Litle Grandchild, Joseph Brisco (uiz 1 ) 1 Featherbed, 
2 Feather Bolsters, 2 p r of Blanketts, 1 yearne Couerlead, three sheetes, 
4 striped Curtaines, 2 pillow coates, 3 table Clothes, six napkinnes, 2 
towells, foure pewter platters, three litle pewter Dishes, one porringer, 1 
Bason, one Brasse skellet, 1 Iron pott, 1 scummer, 1 warmingpan, 2 
Brasse Candlesticks & likewise 235. in money, or what shall be unex- 
pended by mee of the same during life. 

12 (9 mo.) 1664. Administration to the Estate graunted to Abraham 
Busby, in Right of Joseph Brisco, her Grandchild, to perform the Imper- 
fect will aboue written. p r Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

It was also Ordered that the Estate left by the said widdow Compton, 

154 Abstracts of Early Wills, [April, 

amounting as p r Inuentory, £16.16, bee thus diuided, Abraham Busby to 
haue one halfe for Bringing up the s d Joseph Brisco & that hee pay 
<£8.8s. for the other halfe In uery good pay, to s d Joseph, at twenty one 
yeares of age. p r Ed: Raivson, Recorder. 

The Inventory of the Estate taken by Robert Saunderson, Edman Ed~ 
dendon. Tho. Stedman senior indebted to the estate, £1.17s. Nov r . 
12. 1664. Abraham Busbye deposed. 

Robert Pearse. — I, Robert Pearse, weak in body, knowing that this 
fraile Life will not Continue Long, doe desire, as Fait:. fully as I Canne, 
to Leaue that Little which God hath giuen mee of the things of this Life, 
so that it may be enjoyed after my Decease, by my survivors, with Com- 
fort and peace. My debts paid, I giue unto my wife, Anne Pearse, the 
one halfe of all my Housing & Land in Dorchester, and the one halfe of 
all my Householde goods, and halfe of whatsoeucr is myne, and this 
houshold goods to be at her Disposing at her Death, but my Land and 
Housing to return to my sonne, Thomas Pearse, at her Death. My will 
is, that my wife shall haue power to sell any part of my Land (if need 
Doc require) for her maintenance, but not else, and I hope she will not 
need to doe it : 1 giue unto my sonne, Thomas Pearse, the other halfe of 
my housing & Land, to bee his at my Death, with the one halfe of my 
houshold gdods, & whateuer is myne, to bee equally diuided between his 
mother & him, at my Death. My will is, that at the decease of his 
mother, my sonne, Thomas Pearse, shall haue the other halfe of the 
Housing & Land his Mother had during her life. 1 giue to my Daughter, 
Mary, the wife of Thomas Hear in, of Dedham, X'20, to bee her portion 
with that which I haue already giuen her. To her 5 Children, my 
Grandchildren, £10, to be equally diuided amongst them. [The two 
legacies of £30, to be paid by Thomas Pearse, within 3 years after the 
decease of his mother.] And now my Dear Child, a Fathers Blessing 
I Bequeath unto you both & yours, bee tender & Louing to your mother, 
Louing and Kind one unto another, stand up in your places for God and 
for his Ordinances while you Line, then hee will bee for you & Blesse 
you. I appoint my wife, Ann Pearse, together with my sonne, Thomas 
Pearse. to be my Executors. 13 : 8 mo : 1664. 
Test William Robinson, Robert M Pearse 

Elizabeth Arye his marke 

2 d March 1664. William Robinson deposed. 

Inuentorye of the Estate of Robert Pearse, who deceased Jan. 6 th 
1664, apprised Jan 28, 1664, by Thomas Tilestone, William Robinson. 
Mentions One necke of Land commonly called prime [pine] necke about 
20 acres, £50 ; one House, barne & home Lott Cont. 6 acres, =£40 ; 5 
Acres of Meadow, £25 ; 36 acres of Common Land, £20, &c. &c. 
Whole amt. £181. Thomas Pearse deposed, March 2 d 1664, to this 
Estate of Robert Pearse his late father. 

Joshua Carwithy. — Inuentory of the Goods & Estate of Joshua 
Carwithy, late of Boston, mariner, deceased, taken by Nathaniell Adams 
senior & William Pearse, Sept. pt 1663i Amt> £70.11.7. 

Mentions one parcell of land lying at the North end of the Town of 

1859.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 155 

Power of Administration to the Estate graunted to Elizabeth, Relict of 
the late Joshua Carwithy, Oct r 27th. 1663. 

The Court on request of the said Elizabeth, Relict of the said Carwithy, 
with her Consent, Ordered that she being married to one Edmund Mum- 
ford, shall bring vp the Child of y e said Joshua Carwithy till it Come to 
the age of 18 or Dale of marriage, and also that the Child haue the one 
half of y 3 Estate in the Inuentory expressed payd vnto it as its portion — 
.£35. 5s. 10. Edw : Rawson, Recorder. 

Thomas Grocer. — I, Thomas Grocer, of London, in Old England, now 
Residing in Roxberry, in New England, & being by the prouidence of 
God, sicke & weak & not knowing how the Lord will dispose of mee, 
Doe make this my Last Will and Testament. For what Estate I haue in 
New England, which may amount to the ualue of c£250, at the ualue of 
New England Money, out of which goods my will is that all my debts 
bee paid according to Couenant, also that the remainder therof, according 
as it is prized, be sent for Old England, that is when the goods doe 
Returne from Barbadose, and that to be done by the first opportunity by 
my Brother in Law, John Goodall, in such goods as shall be most profit- 
able to send according to the wiscdome & discretion of my ouerseers, the 
said Goods to be deliuered unto my mother in Law, Sarah Goodall, to 
bee disposed of by her according to her discretion. But if shee bee 
dead, then to be deliured to my Brother, Jn° Grocer, in the County of 
Suffolke in Walson by the Wallowes. My mother Liues in London, in 
Mary Magdalens Court yard at the bottom of Barnabees Streete in 
Southwark, if my Mother be dead, my will is that my Brother shall diuide 
that goods that shall Come to him from New England equally amongst 
my Children. M r Edward Denicon, of Rocksbery & my Brother in 
Law, Jn° Goodall, aforesaid, to bee my executors, & I Intreat Reuerend 
M r Danforth, of Rocksberye, & M r Robt Gibs, Merchant of Boston, to 
bee ouerseers, that my will may bee performed, without whose Councell 
and allowance the Executors shall haue no power to act. Being sencible 
what I doe, 29 th Jan. 1664. Thomas Grocer. 

Witnesse, John Swinerton 
William h Cleaues 

M' Edward Denicon came publickly into the Court Renounct his ex- 
ecutorshippe to this will. Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

This will on the other side exprest, being writ in Haste, & not accord- 
inge to true forme, I therefore by these presents giue unto John Swinerton, 
now at Rocksbery, Full power to make a will for mee, in true forme, 
according to the Law of New England, & the true Intent of my will 
Expressed on the other side of this paper, 29 th Jan. 1664. 

Wit. William r\ Cleaues Thomas Grocer. 

Elisabeth X Parkers 

8th Feb. 1664. W m Cleaues & Elisabeth Parker deposed. 

An Inuentorye of M r Thomas Grocers goods, at Goodwife Parmeters 
House, at Roxburye, this 5 th Febr. 1664. 

Goods Belonging to his Estate at Boston, taken p r James Oliuer & 
John Saffan, Feb. 6 th 1664. Furthermore a Considerable number of 

156 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April, 

Bookes, of seuerall sortes, which time will not permitt to apprise in 
p r ticular and therefore ualued at a guess or Lumpe according to estima- 
tion to the summe of £56. 

Debts due the Estate from Mr Parker, M r John Paine, Coll. Searle, 
Mr John Wilson, Capt James Oliuer, John Lowell, M r Ratcliffe, Mr 
Pliillippe Wharton. Summe total], ,£243.11.9. 

Debts due to Doctor Alcocke ; M r Daniell Weld for Cakes for his 
Buriall ; to Gm. Parmiter for wine & Beer ; Jn° Chandler Digging the 
graue ; to Samnell Gore for Coffinne & Raile ; to Wm Crawes, M* Atkinson, 
M r Chaplin, &c. &c. 

This part of the estate apprised by John Swincrton, and Thomas Weld, 
being desyred therunto by John Goodalc, who is Brother to the De- 

Feb. 8th 1664. Jn° Goodall Came into the Court and made choice of 
Richard Way to bee his Guardian, which the Court allowed of. The 
said John Goodall deposed to this inuentorye. 

5th Feb. 1664. An Inuentorye of seuerall Books Belonging to Thomas 
Grocers Estate, deceased, which were found in his Warehouse. 160 
volumes, many of them mentioned by name, besides 410 Bookes in 8°, 
12°, 24°, 120 sticht Bookes at 2d p* each, 384 Books at \M. Whole 
am 1 of books apprised, £66. 10. 06. 

(12) 3. 65. Hezckiah Vsher. 

William Holloway, of Boston, being sicke, Doth make his Last 
will. First, Debts to be paid. Unto my sonne, Timothy Holloivay, 5s. 
[to his sons, Nehemiah, Elisha, Mal/achey, and dau. Esther Holloway, 
5s. each.] Unto Elizabeth, my wife, my House & Orchard which I now 
possesse, in the Town of Boston, with all my Household goods, Debts & 
Estate, not before giuen, with all such portions of Land as now Belong 
or shall heeraftcr fall to me in New England or in Old England, shee to 
haue the sole Dispose of all after my Decease, whom I make sole execu- 
trix of this my will, 9 th May, 1664. William Holloway. 

Witness heerunto, 

Sarah Sandford, John Sandford, 

John Sandford, deposed, 6 th of April 1665. 

Inuentory of his Estate taken by Henry Allinne, Edward Drinker. 
Amt. ,£289. 9. 9. Mentions 2 Chaires & a pillion, &c. 

Elizabeth Holloway. Relict & Executrix, deposed April 6 th 1665. 

John Gillet. — Inventory of Jn° Gilletis Estate, testified to by Wil- 
liam Wardell and Elizabeth his wife. William Wardell deposed, No- 
vember 3, 1663. 

(See Register, Vol. XII., page 275.) 

Bartholomew Cad. — Inuentorye of the Estate of M r Bartholmew Cad, 
Deceased, Apprised by John Wiswall, Daniell Turell, June 14, 1665. 
Amt. £482.09.06. Mentions, A House & Land by the new meeting 
House, £120 ; J part in the pinke patience, at sea, £100 ; a parcell of 
Land about Casco baye, Cost £30, &c. &c. Mary Cadd, Relicte of the 
Late Bartholmew Cadd, Deposed, June 16th. 1665, to the Inuentorye of 
the Estate of the said Bartholomew, her late Husband. 

[To be Continued.] 

1859.] Henry Kingsbury and his Descendants. 157 


[By John Ward Dean of Boston.] 

Henry Kingsbury was born about 1615, as we learn from his depo- 
sition in 1669, he being then 54 years of age. He was a relative, perhaps 
nephew, of John Kingsbury of Dedham, a deputy to the Massachusetts 
General Court in 1647, who died in 1660, leaving a widow but no chil- 
dren. Of Joseph Kingsbury, however, a brother of John, there is at the 
present day a numerous posterity, in Dedham and vicinity. In 1630, a 
Henry Kingsbury, older than the subject of this notice, came to New 
England in the Talbot,* one of the vessels that brought Gov. Winthrop's 
company. He and his wife Margaret joined the present First Church of 
Boston soon after its formation, they being the 25 and 26th members 
admitted. What became of him after this, I cannot learn, unless Dr. 
Farmer is correct in his statement that he removed to Ipswich ;f but as 
there is no evidence that two Henry Kingsburys resided there at any one 
time, and as our Henry was of age in 1638, when Rev. Dr. Felt first 
finds the name at Ipswich,| I am inclined to think Dr. Farmer confounded 
the younger Henry with the elder. 

Henry Kingsbury, the younger, was certainly in Ipswich from 1658 to 
1660. Soon after this he removed to Rowley, where he was living from 
1662 to 1667, and probably later. He finally settled at Haverhill, where 
he died Oct. 1, 1687. His wife, Susannah, died there at an earlier date, 
Feb. 21, 1678-9. 

1. Henry 1 Kingsbury, whose wife was Susannah, had ch. : — (2) 
Jo/m 2 (f) of Rowley, Mass., and afterwards of Haverhill, where he died 
Jan 23, 1670-1 ; wife Elizabeth^ survived him, m., Dec. 11, 1672, Peter 
Green, and d. Dec. 20, 1677 ; — (3) Ephraim? killed by the Indians at 
Haverhill, May 2, 1676.|| 

2. John 2 Kingsbury had ch : — (4) Jo/m, 3 (f ) b. at Rowley, July 28, 
1667 ; res. at Newbury ; w. Hannah adm. to the ch. there Feb. 10, 
1699-1700 ;— (5) a daughter, 3 living in 1671. 

4. John 3 Kingsbury, by wife Hannah, had ch. : — (6) John,* b. at 
Newbury, April 8, 1689; d. young ;— (7) Jo/m, 4 (f) b. at N., Oct. 16, 
1690 ; m. at N., then of York, Me., Jan. 5, 1715-16,^ to Mary Stickney ; 
d. at Y., March 2, 1723 ;— (8) Hannah* bp. at N., 6 April, 1700;— 
(9) Elizabeth,* bp. same date ; probably the E. who m. Samuel Green- 
leaf;**— (10) Henry *{i) res. at Newbury; m. at N., March 14, 1716-17, 
Rebecca Kent, dau. of John and Rebecca (Somerby) Kent; — (11) Jo~ 

* " Henry Kingsbury hath a child or two in the Talbot, sick of the measles, but 
like to do well." — Gov. Winthrop's letter to his wife, " From aboard the Arbella riding 
at the Cowes, March 28, 1630." See Winthrop's Journal, 1st edition, i. 369. 

f Farmer's Genealogical Register, p. 169. 

t Felt's History of Ipswich, p. 12. 

§ Rev. Mr. Keeley informed Rev. L. Hyde that her maiden name was Dustin, but 
did not give his authority. 

!l I have not ascertained whether Ephraim 2 Kingsbury was married or not. There 
was an Eunice Kingsbury of Amesbury that m. at H., April 16, 1678, James White, 
and who may have been his widow. 

1" One record says Dec. 29, 1715. ** Greenleaf Genealogy, p. 56. 

158 Henry Kingsbury and his Descendants. [April, 

seph?(f) res. at York, Me. ; m. Patience, dau. of Samuel Came of Y. ; 
d. 1762. 

7. John 4 Kingsbury, by wife Mary, had cb. : — (12) Mary? b. Dec. 
6, 1716 ;— (13) Hannah? b. at York, Me., July 19, 1719 ;— (14) Sarah* 
b. at Y., Dec. 8, 1720 ; m. at Y., Jan. 17, 1740, Benjamin Donnell ; — 
(15) Abigail? b. at Y., July 4, 1722. 

10. Henry 4 Kingsbury, by wife Rebecca, had ch. , — (16) John?(i) 
b. at Newbury, Feb. 3, 1717-1S; was a merchant there, and afterwards 
at Pownalboro', Me.; m. at N., June 5, 1739, Patience Tappan (daughter 
of Abraham Tappan by his wife Esther, dau. of Rev. Michael Wiggles- 
worth, author of the "Day of Doom"), who was b. at N., April 20, 
1720; — (17) Benjamin? b. about 1728 ; is said to have removed to the 
Coos settlement in N. II. 

11. Joseph 4 Kingsbury, by wife Patience, had ch. : — (18) Tabifha? 
b. at York, Me., June 19, 1722;— (19) John?(f) b. at Y., Dec. 26, 1724; 
m. there, April 22, 1750, Sarah, dau. of Lt. John Carlisle ;— (20) Hep- 
zibah? b. at V.. Oct 4, 1727; m. Joshua Linscot ;— (21) Elizabeth? b. 
at Y., Feb. 13, 1729-30; m. James Jenkins ;— (22) Joseph? b. at Y., 
Dec. 7, 1732;— (23) Samuel? b. at Y., April 9, 1735 ;— (24) Hannah? 
b. at Y., July 9, 1737; m. there Dec. 10, 1761, Samuel Paul ;— (25) 
Luey? I), at Y., Nov. 13, 1739 ;— (26 ; Man/? b. at Y, April 13, 1742 ; 
d. Feb. 7, 1743;— (27) E lip hah t? b. at Y., Feb. 6, 1745 ;— (28) Mary? 
living 1762. 

16. John 5 Kingsbury, by wife Patience, had ch. : — (29) Hannah? b. at 
Newbury, April 22, 1740;* m. there, March 21, 1757, Timothy Pike, Jr., 
who removed to Portland, Me., where she died May 22, 1774, and he m. 
2d, Elizabeth Jones, Oct. 18, 1774 ;— (30) Man/'? b. at N., Dec. 20, 
1741 ;— (31) Emma? m. Mr. Waitc of Portland, 'Me. ;— (32) Betsey 6 ;— 
(33) Rebecca? b. Dec. 16, 1746, at N. ; m. Hon. Thomas Rice (H. C. 
1756), a phvsician and jud^e of Wiscasset, Me., where she d. Aug. 19, 
1816;— (M)John?(i) b. at N., July 3, 1749; d. at Pownalboro', now 
Wiscasset, Me., April 9, 1798; m. Miriam Place, b. Sept. 1747, d. at W., 
Sept. 9, 1822;— (35) Ami? m. 1st, Rev. Thomas Moore (H. C. 1769) 
of Pownalboro' ; m. 2d, Dalton. 

19. John* Kingsbury, by wife Sarah, had ch. : — (36) Tahitha? b. 
1750 ; — (37) John? b. 1753, had a son Henry, 7 living in Kennebunk, Me. 
in 1854, whose son George II. 8 is now (1859) a lawyer at Boston, Mass. : — 
(38) Patience? b. 1755 ;— (39) Benjamin? b. 1757 ;— (40) Sarah? b. 
1759;— (41) Joseph? b. 1762 ;— (42) Mary? b. 1764 ;— (43) Hannah? 
b. 1766 :— (44) Abigail? b. 1768 ;— (45) Timothy? b. 1771, rem. to 
Wiscasset, and there d. 1813, leaving 3 ch., Sarah C., 7 John, 7 and Jo- 
seph, 7 the two latter. of whom were living at Portland, Me. in 1835. 

34. John 6 Kingsbury, bv wife Miriam, had ch. : — (46) Betsey? b. 
1769 : m. Charles Elder of* Windham, Me. ;— (47) Emma? b. 1770 ; m. 
John Willard of Wiscasset ;— (48) John? b. 1772 ; living, 1859, at W. ;— 
(49) William? b. 1774;— (50) Samuel? died young ;— (51) Patience 
Tappan? b. Nov. 16, 1779 ; living, 1859, at Charlestown, Mass. ; m. 
Charles Dean, b. Oct. 9, 1779, at Exeter, N. H., d. at Portland, Me. Jan. 
1, 1829, by whom she had 6 ch., viz. : Charles, 8 d. young ; Charles, 8 d. 
1848 ; John W. 8 of Boston, the writer of this notice ; Jeremiah 8 of Bos- 

1859.] Henry Kingsbury and his Descendants. 159 

ton; Sarah B. 8 and Mary M. 8 ;— (51) Samuel, 7 b. 1782; m. 1st, Miriam 
Gilpatrick ; m. 2d, Mrs. Lydia (Rideout) Todd ;— (52) Henry 7 b. 1785 ;— 
(53) Rhodes 7 b. 1787 ; m. Betsey Gould ; living at W. ; — (54) Edward 7 
b. 1788, d. 1793;— (55) Tryphena? b. 1790, d. 1793 ;— (56) Mary 7 b. 
and d. 1793. 

The following persons are found at Haverhill, and appear of a proper 
age to be the children of Henry 1 and Susannah Kingsbury. Three of 
them are known to have been brothers, viz. : Joseph, Samuel and Thomas, 
while the occurrence of the name of Susannah among the children of 
several makes it quite probable that they belonged to this family. For 
convenience, I have numbered them as the second generation. They 
are : — (57) Susannah, 2 m., Jan. 29, 1662, Joseph Pike ; — (58) James?(i) 
of Haverhill, 1673—90 ; of Plainfield, Ct., 1730 ; m. Sarah, dau. of 
Matthias Button of II., Jan. 6, 1673 ;— (59) Joseph *(t) b. about 1656 ; 
m., April 2, 1679, Love Ayres ; was bookkeeper to Capt. Simon Wain- 
wright, a merchant of II., in 1708, when Capt. W. was killed by the 
Indians and his house burnt; left II. for Norwich, Ct. same year, leaving 
the former place June 14, 1708 ; d. at N. 1741, a. 85 ;— (60) Samuel , 2 (t) 
of H., m., Nov. 5, 1679, Huldah Corliss, and d. Sept. 26, 1698, his widow 
surviving; — (61) Thomas 2 of H., m. 1st, wid. Deborah Eastman, June 
29, 1691 ; m. 2d, Sarah Haines, Jan. 19, 1702-3, who survived him and 
m. William Corbett of Lebanon, Ct. 

58. James 2 Kingsbury, bv wife Sarah, had ch., all born at PI. : — 
(62) Susannah, 3 b. April 18,"l675 ;— (63) Sarah? b. Au?. 13, 1677;— 
(64) Mary? b. Aug. 18, 1679 ;— (65) Ephraim? b. April 13, 1681 ;— 
{66) Abigail 3 b. Feb. 26, 1686 ;— (67) Samuel? b. July 18, 1690. 

59. Joseph 2 Kingsbury, by wife Love, had ch., all on record at 
H. :— (68) Joseph?(i) b. June 22, 1682; d. at N., Dec. 1, 1757; m. at 
H., Feb. 5, 1705-6, Ruth Dennison, who d. May 6, 1779, a. 93 ;* rem. 
in 1708 or 9 to Norwich, Ct., and settled in that part now Franklin, and 
his descendants of the fifth generation now occupy his lands ; f — (69) 
Nathaniel? b. Aug. 23, 1684; left Haverhill, Mass., with his father, in 
June, 1708, for Norwich, Ct. ; m. Hannah Dennison of Ipswich, dau. of 
John D. and sister of his brother's wife ; settled in Windham, now Hamp- 
ton, Ct., till 1731 or 2, and then removed to Coventry, now Andover, Ct., 
where his descendants of the fifth generation reside ; J — (70) Elizabeth? 
b. May 10, 1686 ; d. May 24, 1686 ;— (71) Mary? b. Oct. 19, 1687;— 
(72) Elizabeth? b. Oct. 16, 1693 ;— (73) Susannah? b. Sept. 24, 1695. 

60. Samuel 2 Kingsbury, by wife Pluldah, had ch. born at H. : — 
(74) Huldah? b. Aug. 16, 1680 ;— (75) Thomas? b. Oct. 29, 1681 ; m. 
at H., Nov. 25, 1706, Margaret Haines, and both were living at Wind- 
ham, Ct. Sept. 17, 1731; ch., Samuel, 4 b. 1707; Sarah, 4 b. 1709; 
Jonathan, 4 b. 1712 ; Elizabeth, 4 b. 1714, m. Jonathan Haines; Thomas, 4 
b. 1717. 

68. Joseph 3 Kingsbury, by wife Ruth, had ch. : — (76) Ephraim? b. 
at H., Jan. 4, 1706-7 ;— (77) Hannah? b. March, 1808; m. Capt. 
Jacob Hyde of Norwich, whose son Joseph 5 Hyde was father of Rev. 

* On her tombstone is stated that she left 5 children, 41 grandchildren, 152 great- 
grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren. — Rev. Lavius Hyde. 
t Rev. Lavius Hyde's MSS. \ Ibid. 

160 An Ancient Relic. £A j 1 il 

Lavius 6 Hyde * of Bolton, Ct. ;— (78)Lot<e, 4 b. at N., 1710; m. Josiah 
Barker ; — (78) Ruth, 4 b. 1712 ; m. Joshua Egerton ; — (79) Joseph* b. 
1714;— (80) Ebenexer*(i) b. 1716 ; m. Priscilla Kingsbury ;— (81) Eha- 
zer 4 b. 1718 ;— (82) Eunice, 4 b. 1720 ; m. John Barker ;— (83) Daniel* 

b. 1724;— (84) Tabitha 4 b. 1726; m. Waldo ;— (85) Irene 4 b. 

1729 ; d. unm. ;— (86) Nathaniel, \f) b. 1730 ; m., Sept. 4, 1755, Sarah 
Hill of Cambridge, Mass. 





of Rev. Addison 6 Kingsbury, 1). D., of Putnam, O. ; — (92) Priscilla,* b. 

1756 ; m. Eleazer Pomeroy ;— (93) Martha E., b b. 1758 ;— (94) Rev. 

Ebenezer, b b. 1762; of Jericho, Pa.; — (95) Mary? b. 1764; d. young.t 

86. Nathaniel 4 Kingsbury, by wife Sarah, had ch. : — (96) Col. 
Jacob? b. June 6, 1756, who served with distinction in the Continental 
and Indian wars, and d. at Franklin, July 1, 1837; was father of James 
W., 6 a captain U. S. army 1837, and of Thomas II. "C. 6 of Franklin, 

memoir of her was published by Rev. Dr. Charles Backus; — (104) Wil 
liam, b b. 1775; d. young. 4 / 


An Ancient Relic. — I have in my possession a cannon ball of about 
one and a half pounds weight, which (with four others) was dug up on 
the Island of St. Croix, in the St. Croix River, some two or three years 
since. It has the appearance of having been roughly cast, and bears very 
evident marks of old age. The person from whom I received the ball 
informed me that one of the others, weighing about four pounds when 
found, was burst open on one side and disclosed a centre filled with lead, 
and that he succeeded in opening another of smaller size which also con- 
tained lead. I have no doubt but that they were brought from France in 
the year 1604, by the Sieur De Monts, and left by him on that island when 
he ceased to occupy it, in 1605. If so, it is a more ancient relic (so far 
as time passed in this country is concerned) than any brought by the Pil- 
grims or the settlers at Jamestown. Mark Lescarbot, the historian of De 
Monts's voyages, writes of the Island of St. Croix : "The said island con- 
tained some half a league in circuit, and at the end of it, on the sea side, 
there is a mount, or small hill, which is, as it were, a little Isle, severed 
from the other, where Mons. De Monts his cannon were placed." The 
balls were accidentally found while digging in the bank of the " little 
isle," about one and a half feet below the surface, by a person who was 
wholly unacquainted with the histor}* of the island. 

Dennysville, Me. 

* This gentleman, to whom I am indebted for valuable assistance, has a very full 
genealogy of the Connecticut branch of the Kingsbury family, which it is to be hoped 
he may be induced to publish. 

t MSS. of Rev. Lavius Hyde of Bolton, Ct. J Ibid. 

1859.] Pedigree of Miner. 161 


The following curious pedigree of Lieut. Thomas Miner, or Minor, of Connecticut, 
was sent us last year by Frederick P. Tracy, Esq., of San Francisco, Cal., avIio copied 
it, some years previous, from the original manuscript, then in the hands of J. Ham- 
mond Trumbull, Esq. The latter gentleman, having been requested to correct the 
proof by the original, has kindly consented to do so; and his corrections have much 
increased the reliability of the printed copy. Mr. Trumbull writes, that /' Lieut. 
Thomas and his immediate descendants (all of them good penmen) uniformly wrote 
the name Minor." " The original manuscript," he adds, " was deposited, some years 
ago, in the library of the Connecticut Historical Society, in accordance with the wish 
of Deacon Asa Miner of Stonington, a descendant of the sixth generation from 
Lieutenant Thomas, 1 through Deacon Manasseh, 2 (b. 1G47) — Deacon Thomas, 3 (b. 
1G83) — Thomas, 4 (b. 1707) — Deacon Thomas, 5 (b. 1749), married Lucretia Safford, 
10 Oct. 1771." 

The several arms impaled with Miner have been described by Mr. Trumbull. His 
descriptions of them will be found appended. 

An Herauldical Essay 
Upon the Surname of Miner. 

It is more praise worthie in noble and excellent things to know some- 
thing, though little, than in mean and ignoble things to have a perfite 
knowledge. Amongst all those rare ornaments of the mind of man, 
Herauldrie hath had a most eminent place ; and hath been held in high 
esteem, not only at one time and in one climate, but during all times and 
through those parts of the world where any ray of humanilie and civili- 
tie hath shined : for without it, all would be drowned in the Chaos of 
dissorder. Neither is she so partial that money shall make the man. For 
he ought not to be accounted a perfite Herauld except that he can dis- 
cerne the difference betwixt a Coat armoriall obtained by valour or pur- 
chased by money. Scutum Gcntilitium Palud [amentum ct Cristatuml 
honorable not mercenary as appears by this coat of the Miners. 

The reason (as Garcillasso sayeth, Page 432) is this ; — Edward the 
third going to make warre against the French, tooke a progresse through 
Somersett ; and coming to Mendippi Colics Minerarij, — Mendippe hills 
in Somersett, where lived one Henry Miner, his name being taken both 
a denominatione loci et ab officio, who with all carefullness and Loyalltie 
having convened his domestical! and meniall servants, armed with battle 
axes, proffered himself and them to his masters service ; making up a 
compleat hundred. Wherefore he had his coat armorial Gules (signify- 
ing Minius, red, another demonstration of the original surname :) A 
Fesse (id est, cingulum militare, because obtained by valour) betwixt 
three flates Argent, another demonstration of the arms : for there 
could be no plates without Mines. It is folly to suppose such a surname 
as Minor to have any coat of armes, It being contrary, yea contradictory, 
in'termes — that Minors can obtain paternal coats or atchievements unlesse 
it be presupposed that Major was his father. 

BARTAS, a French Herauld, says Miner is a word contracted in 
Dutch — ITUU-fjCtt, that is my Master, or Lord, and gives his reason for 
the plates to be dollars, or pieces of eight, abundance of which wilt make 
any Hollander (albeit born upon a Dunghill) to be titled tlttll'fyett ; but 
ye crest, reason aforesaid and chronologie proves the first. And albeit 
Heraulds differ in the descriving (says Fordon, page 342) of this surname 

162 Pedigree of Miner. [April, 

of Miner, and time with the various dialects of severall counties, have 
almost made it to be another name ; yet if ignorance would strive to 
eradicate Ancestrie, it cannot do it in this coat, the name and colours 
making so much proofe, with the place (sayes Baker) 1. the place where 
the original came from, — Mendippi Colles Minerarij. 2 l7 The field 
Minius. 3 ly The charge Minerall, [4 ly ] The circumstances and actions 
upon record relative to the crest, being a battle axe, armed at both ends 

Herauldrie is a thing not of yesterday, or which may be otherways 
found out, being already condescended upon by all nations, and, as it 
were, established, Jure Gentium, among the Greeks, Romans, Ger- 
mans, French, Spainiards, English, Scots, Danes, and Hungarians, 
&c. Fordon, the great Antiquarian, sayeth, that the King's Secretary 
returned the forVd Henry Miner, a compliment for his loyaltie, in these 
words, " Oceanus (Quamvis magni Fluvij multique Torrentes sint 
ei Stipendarij) non dedignatur recipere minores Rivulos &c," 
id est, 

The ocean (though great rivers with many currents pay him tribute) disdains not 
also to receive the Lesser if loyall brooks which by one only Urne pour themselves 
into its bosom. 

This Henry died in the year 1359, leaving behind him Henry, Ed- 
ward, Thomas, and George, Miners, of whom little is to be said, save 
only that Henry married one Henreta Hicks, [A] daughter to Edward 
Hicks of Glocestcr, of whom, as appears by the paling of their armes, are 
the Hicks of Beverston Castle in Glocester descended ; and had issue 
William and Henry. William married one Hobbs [B] of Wiltshire, 
and had issue Thomas and George. Henry, the 2 d son, served Richard 

the second, anno 1384. Thomas, 1399, married one Gressleys, [C] 

daughter of Cotton, in the countie of Stafford, and had issue Lodovick, 
George, and Mary. Lodovick married Anna Dyer, daughter of Thomas 
Dyer [D] of Staughton in the Com. Huntington, and had issue — Thomas, 
borne 1436, and after that twins, being 22 years after the birth of the 
said Thomas ; and the twins George & Arthure, who both served 
the house of Austria, the younger married (as Philipe Comines 
relates) one Henretta de la Villa Odorosa. Thomas married 
Bridget, second daughter to Sir George Hervie [E] de St. Martins 
in Com. Middlesex, and died 1480, leaving his son William, and daugh- 
ter Anna Miner, in tutorage to their mother Bridget, whom she resigned 
to her father, and turned to a monastericall life in Datford, where she 
remained during her life. William married Isabella Harcope [F] 
de Frolibay, and lived to revenge the death of the 2 young princes mur- 
dered in the tower of London, upon their inhuman uncle Richard the 3 d . 
It was said of this William Miner that he was " Flos Militia" the 
flower of chevallrie. He left behind him 10 sons, William, George, 
Thomas, Robert, Nathaniel, and John ; the rest are not recorded. 
The 2 last went over to Ireland, 1541, when King Henry the 8 was pro- 
claimed I king of Ireland. Nathaniel maried one Fitzmaurice neigh 
Catherlough, in the province of Leinster in Ireland. John married to 
Joselina O'bryan, daughter to Teig O'bryan of Innis in the county 
of Clare ; whose posteritie remains there, in the name of Miner, bearing 
the same coat. George married and lived in Shropshire. Thomas in 
Hereford. William, the eldest son, had issue — Clement and Eliza- 
beth Miners, and was buried at Chevv-Magna, the 23 day of February 

1859.] Pedigree of Miner. 163 

Anno Domini, 1585 ; and lies interred in the Priests Chancell, about four 

foot from the wall, with this inscription JjCtV et!) ttl W^ttlC 

— -Of $Bi) OtUtt irjCtCt itbVll* intriV^ : this and no more 

legible upon the stone, with the coat expressed in the margin, at this 
sign *, but by the records and registers of the said church, it is evident 

that his name was William Myner, they both agree- 
ing in the same date and place, and must needs have 
been the head of the same family, as by the paternal 
coat clearly appears. Clement his son succeeded his 

father in heritage, and married and had issue 

Clement, Thomas, Elizabeth, and Mary Miners ; 
and departed this life the 31 of March, 1640, and lyes 
interred in Chew-Magna in the countie of Somersett. 
Clement the eldest brother married Sarah Pope [G] daughter of John 
Pope of Norton-Small-Reward, in the countie of Somersett, and had 
issue William and Israel. This Clement was buried at Burslingtown in 
the Countie of Somersett. Thomas his brother is now alive at Stoning- 
town, in Carneticute Colloney, in New England, Anno Domini 1683, 
and has issue, John, Thomas, Clement, Manassah, Ephraim and 
Judah Miners, and two daughters Marie and Elizabeth. William 
Miner, eldest son of Clement Miner, married Sarah, daughter of John 
Batting [H] of ClifTon in Gloucestershire, and lives Anno 1683, in 
Christmas Street in the city of Bristol], and has issue William and Sarah 
Miners. Iseraell, the second son, married Elizabeth, daughter of 
Thomas Jones [I] of Burslingtown in the countie of Somersett, and has 
issue Clement, Thomas, Sarah, Jean, and Elizabeth Miners, Anno 
1683. And now having done with the description Genealogicall I hope 

Even every ingenious stranger makes mention 
Tificc avi]Q uyuOot 

and if I have used any old or ancient words, yea words now differently 
syllabicated, I may excuse myself with Quintilianus, 4 verba a velustate 
repetita, non solum magnos assertores habent, sed etiam afferunt orationi 
majestatem aliqiiam, non sine delectatione^ and for the Ingenious Reader 
I am ; not caring that every peasant should venture his sick-brain'd opin- 
ion upon this essay, knowing well that ars nominem habet inimicum prater 
ignorantem, but if he will take this counsellf 

■ a di yaQ na - - av 

JVifn. (f)v$ Mxcrewv Qiipo a fJi] votit 

and keeping himself silent, he may parse for awitt; while on the contrary 
his too much garrulity shows his nakedness, as much as Pr ester Jolin\ 
who describes himself from the loijns of Solomon, or Frithulf from Seth : 
but I shall be very much beholden to the learned reader, who if he can 
give more satisfaction in this essay would for the honor of antiquitie (who 
now lyes in prof undo Democratis Puteo) mend the errata Chronological!, 
and see if he can describe the surname from a longer time ; it being 

t [In the margin.] If thou hast no taste in learning medle no more with what thou 
understanciest not. [The Greek, of which this is a translation, is nearly illegible in the 

| Damian. a Goes "De moribus JEthiopum." 

164 Pedigree of Miner. [April, 

supposed that Henry Miners name, before the Kings Progresse in 
Somersett, was Bullman, but how certain however I know not, but leave 
it to some other whose experience and learning exceeds mine ; desiring 
nothing more than that herauldrie should be restored to its pristine splendor 
and truth, and not to be abused by every common Painter and Plaisterer, 
who before they will lose a fee will feinzie a coat of armes to the loss 
of the estates, goods, and sometimes their very name 

" Quid non mortalia pectora cogis auri sacra fames." 

"Emblemata ad voluntatem Domini Regis sunt portanda et non alias" 
and Herauldrie stands in need of the doze <paQumut)Srjs, and now I will 
conclude, with Ralph Brooke, Esquire, and York Hcrauld, 

" To make these names alive again appcare 
Which in oblivion well neigh buried were, 
That so our children may avoid the jarres 
Which might arise about their ancestors,] 
And that the living might those titles see 
With which their names and houses honored be; 
Yet I have hope of more acceptance from 
Those future times that after me shall come, 
For when beneath the stroke of death 1 fall 
And those that live these lives examine shall, 
Detraction dying, you that doe remain 
Will credit me and thank me for my pain 

Virg. si quid novis rectius 

Candidas imparti; si non, his utere mecum." 

[A marginal note on the original is as follows : — ] 

" This Coat of the Miners of Chew I attest to be entered at Bath in 
Somersett by Clarenceux the 4 of K. James the first, which visitation is in 
custody of me, 1606. Alex: Cunninghame." 

[Notes. — The Miner arms are impaled with those of the following 
families at the sides of the pedigree against the places where we have 
inserted the respective letters : — 

A. " With Hicks" — gu. a fesse wavy, between three fieurs-de-lis or. 

B. " With Hobbs" — ar. two bars sable, in each of the three compart- 
ments, three birds gu. [Burke gives Hobbes, of Sarum, co. Wilts, " sa. 
on a chev. or, betw. three swans ar. as many lions heads erased." Per- 
haps the artist designed to represent swans, in this sketch, — but swans 
gules would be rara aves, — and the birds do not look swan-like, though 
they might pass for ducks.] 

C. " With Gressley" — barry of six, gules and ermine. [Gresley, of 
Coulton, co. Stafford, " Vaire gu. and erm. Burke.'] 

D. " With the Dyers" — Per fesse indented, gu. and or. [I have little 
doubt that this ought to have been, Or, a chief indented, gu. ; but the 
drawing is as I have given it.] 

E. " With the Hervies" — gu. on a fesse ar. three trefoils slipped. 

F. " W T ith the Harcops" — sa. a chevron betw. three lions(?) ram- 
pant ar. 

G. " With the Popes" — per pale or and az., on a chev. between 
three grifrms(?) heads erased, as many fleurs-de-lis, all countercharged. 

H. " With the Battings" — ermine, a fesse sable. 
I. " With Jones" — ermine, a chevron sable.] 

1859.] Heraldry in America. 165 


We endeavored, in the Register for October, 1858, to point out the 
assistance rendered by heraldry to those engaged in tracing a pedigree, 
and to indicate a system by which the coats-of-arms used by American 
families might be tested. We were fully aware that this would be a 
thankless task ; but as we feel that this application of heraldry to the dis- 
covery of the parentage of the settlers of New England may prove a 
most fertile source of information, we shall continue to insist upon the 
impropriety of the custom of assuming arms. We propose, also, to give 
a list of those families really entitled to use these insignia, with the 
authority on which we state the fact. 

We would digress a moment to say that a most curious case of assumed 
arms has been brought to our notice, the recital of which we trust will be 
of interest. A gentleman writes us : " The coat of arms prefixed to the 
genealogy of my family, in the Register, was given formally by the 
rightful heir to the American branch of the family. Those of the name 
in America have a right to use the arms by his free gift. Should he 
have applied to the Heralds' College for liberty to extend to his name 
in this country the right to hold, in common with himself, this device as 
a relic ? " 

We would reply, on the authority of Burke, that this custom of giving 
arms obtained in England at an early date, but Henry V. forbade the 
assumption of arms except by descent or grant from the crown; and the 
practice of course then ceased. The unauthorized assumption of arms 
led to the visitations of the counties, and at present no one can use arms 
legally in England, except by descent from a person acknowledged by 
those visitations, or from a grantee, or by the assent of the Earl Marshal. 

It is precisely for the reason that we have no heralds' college, that we 
should establish and adhere to some rational and fixed plan for the 
adoption of arms. We must confess that we can think of no other way 
so simple and reliable, as the adoption of a clear principle as to the 
genealogical right, and the publication of a list, in this work, of those 
possessing the right. 

We propose, then, that those families shall be considered entitled to 
bear arms — 

1. Who can trace their descent from a family using them in England. 

2. Who can show a deed executed during colonial times — say prior to 
1750 — bearing a seal, with arms engraved, used only by the signer; 
letters similarly sealed ; or tombstones thus inscribed. 

3. Who possess any painting of a coat-of-arms that has been in their 
family more than a hundred years. 

We would propose that no other evidence be admitted in proof. It is 
indeed time to take some decided action on the point, for already nu- 
merous genealogies and town histories have been issued, with many of 
these spurious coats-of-arms ; and such exhibition of a defective judgment 
only serves to bring discredit on the science of genealogy. The readers 
of this journal may well be assumed to be the class of persons who may 
either perpetuate or destroy this error. If every intending writer of town 
histories or genealogies will resolutely refuse to insert these shields with- 
out accompanying proof, we shall soon be free from the reproach that 

166 Heraldry in America. [April, 

in this matter democratic America apes the smallest follies of her aristo- 
cratic parent. 

We believe, also, that the authors of town histories act often in a blame- 
worthy manner, by volunteering the information which their readers 
otherwise would lack. Such a one will tell some prominent man in his 
village that his family (according to Burke or Edmondson) is entitled to 
a coat-of-arms, and he believing, will pay the cost of engraving. At least 
we cannot imagine any other solution of the mystery of the appearance 
of these engravings in many books. 

To give an example of the extent of this assumption of arms, let us 
take a town history published within a few years. It has eleven engraved 
coats-of-arms, and only one has the slightest authority given. It is no 
authority to cite the fact that some one of the name once bore such arms ; 
this show of learning and investigation only leads the careless or unskilled 
reader to lose sio;htof the fact that no connection lias been traced between 
the two individuals. We should by all means prefer to have the author 
state explicitly — I do not know the parentage or birthplace of this emi- 
grant, but Burke gives these arms to the name, and I give all of the 
descendants leave to appropriate them. We might give similar examples 
of other works, but we think the fault is too widely known to render this 

We subjoin a list of those* families whose pretensions arc justified by 
our rules, and strongly urge all our readers to aid us, by sending us such 
additions as may occur to them. But let it be remembered that where 
there are several families of one name in this country, it does not follow 
because one family is entitled to certain arms that all of that name are. 

Appleton. — By descent. See Appleton Genealogy, Boston, 1850. 

Amory. — By usage. See Register for January, 1856. 

Bright. — By descent. See Bright Genealogy, Boston, 1859. 

Bradstreet. — By usage. [Gov. B. affixes the arms to his will.] See 
Register, 1854, p. 313. 

Bernard. — By descent. See his official seal.* 

Browne. — By descent. See Bond's Watertown. 

Chester. — By descent. See " " 

Coolidge. — By descent. See " " 

Chauncey. — By descent. See Register, 1856, p. 105. 

Chamberlain. — By usage. [R. Chamberlain of N. H., Justice of the 
Peace, July 23, 1684, signs a document, and uses a seal, Quarterly 1 & 
4, an inescutcheon within an orle of mullets ; 2 & 3, a fesse between 
three escallops. Crest, an ass's head.] 

Curwen. — By usage. See Register, 1856, p. 305. 

Checkley. — By usage. See Bridgman's Pilgrims of Boston, and Regis- 
ter for July, 1856. 

Dudley. — By usage. See official seal, and Register, 1856, p. 133. 

Davenport. — By descent. See Davenport Genealogy. 

Dummer. — By usage. [Win., Lt. Gov., seals, az, three fleurs-de-lis 
or, on a chief of the second, a demi-lion. Crest, a demi-lion holding in 
the dexter paw a fleur-de-lis.] W. H. W. 

(To be Continued.) 

* The provincial governors used their private seals, instead of the province seal, on 
commissions, &c. Many instances occur in the portfolios of autograph collectors. 

1859.] Fort Pownall and Gov. Waldo. 167 


[Communicated by Rev. John L. Sibley of Cambridge.] 

As many questions have arisen respecting Fort Pownall, and the death 
of Brigadier Waldo, who occupies a prominent position in the history of 
the settlements and the Waldo Patent in Maine, I send to you an extract 
from the Boston News Letter of Thursday, May 31, 1759. Besides the 
lighthouse, the only house now on Point Pownall is the one for the light- 
house keeper. Some time since, the place came into the possession of a 
semi-barbarian, who afterwards was sent to the State Prison for his crimes. 
He broke down the grave-stones and threw them into the Penobscot 
river, for the salt water and tide to wear them ; and the graveyard, with 
its numerous graves and several tombs, when I saw it in 1852 was so 
levelled that, though there may be many bodies undisturbed in the tombs, 
no stranger would suspect there had ever been an extensive burying 
ground at the extreme part of the Point. The outlines of the Fort, which 
was not very large, were distinct. Flags grew luxuriantly in the ditch. 
Back of the Fort were the outlines of the chapel, where a missionary was 
once stationed ; and in the rear of that probably was the park, a part of 
which was covered with a heavy growth of alders. The Phillips alluded 
to in the extract, was probably John Phillips, who was graduated at Har- 
vard College in 1736, who was a chaplain and captain at Castle 
William, son of Rev. George Phillips, of Long Island, and died 9th Jan- 
uary, 1787 : — 

" Last Monday His Excellency our Governor [Pownall] returned from 
the Penobscot Country, in the Province Ship King George, having hap- 
pily succeeded in the object of His Expedition by taking possession, for 
the Crown, in behalf of this Province, of the King's ancient Rights, and 
establishing the same by setting down a Fort on Penobscot River. His 
Excellency, after having reconnoitred the Country to the head of the 
first Falls, fix'd upon a high Point of Land that runs across the River J 
of a Mile, about seven Miles above the old French Fort at Pentagoet. 
and we hear the Materials being already prepared and framed at Fal- 
mouth, the Fort will be completed in three Weeks or a Month. 

" His Excellency lodged on Monday Night at the Castle ; and the 
next Day at Noon came up to this Town in the Cattle Barge, the Guns 
at the Castle and the Batteries being discharged, when he put off and as 
he landed. — His Excellency upon his Arrival was received and congrat- 
ulated by His Honour the Lieut. Governor, the Members of His Majes- 
ty's Council, and a great Number of the civil and military Officers, and 
other Gentlemen, who waited upon His Excellency to the Court House, 
being escorted by the Company of Cadets, under Arms. 

" On Wednesday the 23d Instant the Honourable Brigadier General 
Waldo, who went with His Excellency in his late expedition to Penob- 
scot, drop'd down with an Apoplexy on the March just above the first 
Falls; and notwithstanding all the Assistance that could be given, expired 
in a few Moments. — His Excellency had the Corps brought down with 
him to the Fort Point, where it was interred in a Vault built for the Pur- 
pose on Friday, with all the Honours due to so faithful a Servant of the 
Public, and so' good a Commonwealth's Man as the Brigadier had ever 
shown himself to be. — Upon landing the Corps, it was received by a 
Guard, and when Procession began the Ship King George fired Half- 

168 Account Book of John Gay. [April, 

minute Guns 'til it arrived at the place of Interment : — The Procession 
was lead by an Officer's Guard, next to which the Minister, then the 
Corps carried by the Bargemen of the King George, and the Pall was 
supported by the principal Officers : The Governor followed as chief 
Mourner, then Officers of the Troops and the Master- Artificers, employed 
in Building the Fort, two and two ; and the whole closed with a Captain's 
Guard : Upon coming to the Ground, the Troops under Arms form'd a 
Circle. Divine Service was performed, and a Sermon suitable to the 
awful Occasion preached by the Reverend Mr. Phillips : And upon the 
Interment of the Corps, the Guards fired three Vollies over the Grave." 




Who was born in Dedham, Mass., July 8, 1699. 

[Transcribed by D. W. Patterson, of West "Wmsted, Ct.] 

This is the Remarks on the weather In the year 1764 and Espech- 
ally : from : May : 22 : Day : then wee had a plentifvll Rain : and after 
that it was very Changabell weather — verey Cold and frost y e wind in 
the Northwest with high wind wich Dryed the Earth Exstreamley : and 
from May : 22 : Day, wee had No rayn to Mison the Earth till Jvly the : 
1 : Day at Nite and then wee had a vary Refreshing Shover with thvn- 
der and Lyting : Bvt Did not Reach to ovre meting hovs as it was Said 
=and then on the : 3 : Day of July wee had In the fore part of the Day 
a Nother Refreshing Shover and that Did goo through the towne as it was 
said=and on the : 4 : Day of Jvly wee held as a towne fast=and the 
peopel Generally attended : mr : Nibloo preached in the fore Noon= 
from : Isaiah : y e 65 : chapter : & : y e : 8 : vars= 

mr Smith preached in y e after Noon : & that from malachy : The : 
3 : chapter : & : y l part of the 14 varse : those words=yea have Said it 
lis vain to Sarve god. 

and then the Nite after the : 12 Day wee had a plentifvll Rain wich 
held ovt the : 13 : Day : wich fvlly Svpplyed the Earth and then on y e 
15 Day in the after part of the Day a Considarabel Rayn : and in the 
after part of y e : 15 : Day Capt Jewits wife Departed this life and was 
bvried on the 16 Day and mr Smith preached a Sarmon att the meting 
hovs=& his text was in Devteronomy : 32 chapter and 29 vars : o that 
thay were wise that thay vnderstood this that thay wovld Consider their 
latter end. and according to my Jvdgment there was : 300 : parsons or 
more att her Grave= And Now the account that : I : keep of the 
weather is on the other leefe. 

And on the 18 : Day of Jvly wee had Considarabel Rain and Som 
thvnder=but the weather was very hot— Avgvst : 2 : Day wee had hard 
•thvnder two Smart Shovers and A violent wind : att that time it blew over 
John peniors horse hovs — 

Hear is the account what tyme the frost Came in the 1764 that : in 
Many places Did Kill the Corne : and : that was in September : the Nite 
after the : 4 : Day : 

and then the Nite after : 16 : Day of the same month the frost Came 
vnavassaley throvg the Cvntry wich hvrt the ingine Corne : and De« 
stroy'd the tobaker. 


Congregational Church, Hampton, Ct. 




For 135 years, from its Organization at the time of the Ordination of Rev. Wm. 
Billings, 5th June, 1723, to the 5th June, 1858. 

[Communicated by Jonathan Clark of Hampton, now in his 86th year.] 

Rev. Wm. Billings ordained and the 
Church organized, 

Died, aged 36 yr. 3 m. 5 d. 

Interval when not settled pastor, 
Rev. Samuel Moseley ordained, 

Died aged 82 y. 11m. lid. 

Interval, - 
i Rev. Ludovicus Weld ordained, 

Dismissed by his request, - 

Died in Bellville, N. Jersey, 9 Oct. 
1844, aged 78 y. 27 d. 

Interval, - 
Rev. Daniel Green Sprague installed 26 May, 1824 

Dismissed by his request, - 

Interval, - 
Rev. Daniel Clark Frost ordained 

Dismissed by his urgent request, 

Interim, - 
Rev. William Barnes ordained 

Dismissed by Council, 

Interval, - 
Rev. Richard Woodruff stated supp 

Time expired as hired, 

Intei val, - 
Rev. George Soule ordained, 
Time up to June 5, '58, to make 135 ys. 

Ord'n, Death 

Time of Serv. 


or Dismissal. 

and Interval. 





m. d. 

- 5 June, 1723 




- 20 May, 1733 


11 15 




11 26 

15 May, 1734 




- 26 July, 1791 


2 11 





2 21 

17 Oct. 1792 

- 2 Mar. 1824 


4 14 



2 24 

- 17 April 












- 16 Sept. 


- 19 Oct. 







_ _ 




- 21 Sept. 


- 22 Sept. 










', 27 Feb. 


- 9 April 







_ _ 







- 17 Oct. 


7 19 16 39 

135 years. 

8 males 10 females, admitted in the 
intervals, to be added, 






510 760—1270 total. 

Baptisms in said 135 years. 















At intervals, 








1098 1170 2268 

Names of the Deacons in said 135 years, and when they were chosen. 

19 June, 1723. John Durgy, from Gloucester, Ms. ; died 11 Sept. 1739, aged 75. 

do. do. Thomas Marsh, died aged about 76. 

17 Aug. 1737. John Clark, from Gloucester, Ms. ; d. 9 Nov. 1782, a. 90 ys. 3 d. 

do. do. Wm. Durgy, do. do. d. 17 Mar. 1753, a. 53 y. 1 m. 17 d. 

2 Oct. 1738. Thomas Stedman, from Brookline, Ms. ; died aged 77. 

1 Mar. 1744. Ebenezer Griffin, from Newton, Mass. 

=* C. stands for By Covenant. 

170 The Zeller Family. [April, 

9 July, 1761. Nath'l Mo?eley,* fm. Dorchester, Ms. ; d. 7 Mar. 1788, a. 72-3-3. 

28 Mar. 1779. Isaac Bennet, died 17 July, 1817, aged 70. 

16 April, 1788. Ebenezer Moseley,f died 28 Aug. 1854, aged 84 y. 27 d. 

20 Dec. 1815. Abijah Fuller, died 4 May, 1834, aged 80 y. 8 m. 29 d. 

25 Sept. 1824. Ariel Sessions, died in Chaplin, 3 Oct. 1849, a. 80 y. 3 m. 22 d. 

do. do. Ransom Kingsbury, removed to Pomfret. 

27 April, 1825. Rufus Lummis, removed to Woodstock. 

30 April, 1830. Harvey Lummis, do. do. 

10 April, 1839. Chauncey Bowers, died 20 Sept. 1855, aged 54. 

3 Sept. 1841. James W. Sprague, died 22 Sept. 1841, aged 64. 

do. do. Lyman Foster, acting Deacon. 

13 Mar. 1845. Robert D. Dorance, sick. 

14 Jan. 1854. Alexander Dorance, acting Deacon. 

-+^~»~~ ►- 


The following is copied from a leaf of Carey's Douay Bible of 1790, and may 
be of interest to some of the descendants of the parties named : — 

John Zeller was born in Race Street in the city of Philadelphia, August the 
1st, 17-9. 

Mary the wife of the said George Zeller was born in Middletown (Chester 
County) in the State of Pennsylvania, March 24, 1768. 

Zeller son of said Jn°. & Mary, Was born in Race Street in the city 

of Phil a December 1790, in the afternoon. 

Molly, daughter of the said John & Mary Zeller, was born in Shippen Street 
in the city of Philadelphia, April 2, 1792, in the morning. 

Harriot, daughter of the said John & Mary Zeller, was born at Eggharbour, at 
Pleasant Mills, in Gloucester County, in the State of New Jersey, the 30th of 
March 1793, in the evening. 

Richard George Zeller, second son of said John and Mary Zeller was born in 
Gloucester County, Little Eggharbour, at Pleasant Mills, in the State of New 
Jersey, Wednesday the day of May 1794, at £ past eight o'clock in the 

Albany, 1859. E. B. O'Callaghan. 

Deposition of Francis Johnson 1668. [Original in possession of Charles 
H.Morse.) " Francis Johnson, aged Sixtie years or therabouts Testifieth and 
sayeth that being at Marbelhead at the house of Mr. Christopher Latimer their 
was in discorse Mr. Latimer, Mr. Thomas Harwood, Mr. Charles Smart & Mr. 
William Daveall about an Atachm te that was laid one a p'sell of fishe & mouse 
[moose ?] skins w ch was aboard of James Millins bark w ch Atachm te was vpon the 
Accompt of Mr. Jacob Lagey ; and in their discorse I heard Mr. Thomas Har- 
wood say that he did owe Mr. Vsher nothing & this fish was for a supply to carry 
for the fishermen. Mr. Harwood likwise said that he would deliuer the fishe to 
Mr. Legeys Atturnies & goe to the este and fetch more for Mr. Vsher, but oltred 
his mind and came away to Boston and further saith not. 

" Testified upon oath 29 : 4 : 68. Ri. Bellingham Gov r ." 

Goddard. — On the 19th of January 1754, died Rev. David Goddard, of Lei- 
cester, who left seven children. He was a son of Hon. Edward Goddard of 
Framingham. On the 1st of February died the Consort of Hon. Edward ; she 
was a sister of Hon. Mr. Stone of Newton, and the Rev. Mr. Stone of Harwich. 
On the 9th of February succeeding, Hon. Edward Goddard deceased in the 79th 
year of his age. (See Reg., p. 36.) These all died of the "dreadful fever," 
which carried ofFsuch numbers " in these parts of the Country" about that time. 
— Gleaned from the Boston Gazette of Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1754. 

* The Parson's brother. f Parson's son. 

1S59.] Speech of Dr. Usher Parsons. 171 


At Put-in Bay Island, September 10, 1858, the celebration of the 4bth 
Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. 

Dr. Usher Parsons, of Providence, R. I., the Surgeon of the flag-ship Lawrence at 
the time of the battle, on being introduced, gave a detailed and thrilling account of 
the engagement. His address was listened to with the most intense interest, and was 
frequently interrupted with cheers that made the welkin ring. The following is the 
address entire : 

Mr. President and Citizens of the Lake Shore : 

The survivors of the battle of Lake Erie here present, have listened with intense 
interest to the eloquent address just delivered, and thank you most sincerely for the 
cordial reception you haye given to its friendly and complimentary allusions to our 
services on the day we are now assembled to commemorate.* 

Forty-five years ago, we were here as spectators and participators in the battle, and 
now, in advanced years, are invited to join a vast number of patriotic citizens, gathered 
from the beautiful and flourishing cities bordering this Lake, to celebrate the victory 
then gained by our squadron. 

We have come hither, my friends, to honor the memory of those who fell in that 
glorious conflict, and are sleeping under the soil near where we are now gathered. We 
have come also to pay a grateful tribute of respect to the memory of Commodore 
Perry and his associates in the battle, who have since passed away in the ordinary 
course of human life. And you, citizens of the Lake shore, have sought out and invi- 
ted here a little remnant of survivors to bless our eyes with the evidences of your 
prosperity and happiness, and to warm our hearts with tokens of assurance that our 
toils and peril of life on that eventful day are not forgotten. Would to God that more 
had been spared to participate with us in these generous demonstrations of gratitude 
and respect. But they have passed away ; and in a very brief period of time, no spec- 
tator will be left to tell the story of Perry's Victory. 

That victory derives a general interest from the fact that it was the first encounter of 
our infant navy, in fleet or squadron. In combats with single ships, we had humbled 
the pride of Great Britain. The Guerriere, Java, and Macedonian, had surrendered to 
our stars and stripes. But here, on yonder waves, that nation was taught the unex- 
pected lesson that we could conquer them in squadron. But this battle derives a 
particular interest from its bearing on the war of 1812, and from the relief it brought to 
your shores; — in wresting the tomahawk and scalping knife from savage hands ; — 
shielding a frontier of three hundred miles from assaults and conflagrations of a com- 
bined British and savage foe ; — opening the gates of Maiden to General Harrison's 
army, that enabled it to pursue and capture the only army that was captured during the 
war ; and in restoring to us Detroit, and the free navigation of the upper Lakes. 

My friends, you have read, and your fathers have told you the story of this victory. 
Yet, from the interest you still manifest by coming here in thronging multitudes, as 
well as by the expressed wish of some present and of the press, it is apparent that you 
wish the story to be repeated, probably with the desire that you may hereafter relate it 
to your children, as coining from a spectator of the scene : I will, therefore, give a brief 
sketch of the battle. 

I shall not detain you with a history of the construction and equipment of the squad- 
ron, and of the many difficulties encountered, but commence with our arrival here 
twenty-five days before the action, and our cruising in that time between Maiden and 
Sandusky, and receiving, near the latter place, a visit from Gen. Harrison and suite, 
preparatory to an attack on Maiden. 

Early in the morning of the 10th of September, 1813, while we lay at anchor in this 
Bay, a cry came from mast-head — " Sail ! ho ! " All hands leaped from their berths, 
and in a few minutes the cry was repeated, until six sail were announced. Signal 
was made to the squadron — " Enemy in sight! yet underway!" and soon the hoarse 
sound of trumpets and shrill pipe of the boatswains resounded throughout our squadron 
with " all hands up anchor ahoy ! " 

In passing out of this Bay, it was desirable to go to the left of yonder islet, but on 
being notified by Sailing Master Taylor that' adverse winds would prevent, the Commo- 
dore replied, Go then sir to the right, for this day I am determined to meet and fight 
the enemy. 

* The introductory address alluded to was by the Hon. E. Cooke of Sandusky. Its 
drilling eloquence was very effective upon the audience. 

172 Speech of Dr. Usher Parsons. [April, 

There were nine American vessels, carrying 54 guns and 400 men, and six British 
vessels carrying 63 guns and 511 men. 

At the head of our line were the Scorpion, Capt. Champlin, and Ariel, Lieut. Packet 
— next the flag-ship Lawrence, of 20 guns, to engage the flag-ship Detroit ; the Cale- 
donia to fight the Hunter ; the Niagara, of 20 guns, to engage the Queen Charlotte, 
and lastly, three small vessels to fight the Lady Provost, of 13 guns, and Little Belt, of 
3 guns. Our fleet moved on to attack the enemy, distant, at 10 o'clock, about five 
miles. The Commodore now produced the Burgee, or fighting flag, hitherto concealed 
in the ship. It was inscribed with large white letters on a blue ground, legible 
throughout the squadron — " Don't give up the Ship ! " — the last words of the expiring 
Lawrence, and now to be hoisted at the mast-head of the vessel bearing his name. A 
spirited appeal was made to the crew, and up went the flag to the fore-royal, amid 
hearty cheers repeated throughout the squadron — and the drums and fifes struck up 
the thrilling sound — all hands to quarters. The hatches or passage-way to the deck 
were now closed, excepting a small aperture ten inches square, through which light was 
admitted into the Surgeon's room, for receiving the wounded, the floor of which was 
on a level with the surface of the Lake, and exposing them to cannon balls as much as 
if they were on deck. 

Every preparation being made, and every man at his station, a profound silence 
reigned more than an hour, the most trying part of the scene. It was like the stillnoss 
that precedes the hurricane. The fleet moved on steadily till a quarter before 12, 
when the awful suspense was relieved by a shot aimed at us from the Detroit, about 
one mile distant. Perry made more sail, and coming within canister distance, opened 
a rapid and destructive fire upon the Detroit. The Caledonia, Capt. Turner, followed 
the Lawrence in gallant style, and the Ariel, Lieut. Packet, and the Scorpion, Mr. 
Champlin, fought nobly and effectively. 

The Niagara failing to grapple with the Queen, the latter vessel shot ahead to fire 
upon the Lawrence, and with the Detroit, aimed their broadsides exclusively upon her, 
hoping and intending to sink her. At last they made her a complete wreck ; fortu- 
nately, however, the Commodore escaped without injury, and stepping into a boat with 
his fighting flag thrown over his shoulder, he pushed off for the Niagara amid a shower 
of cannon and musket balls, and reached that vessel unscathed. He found her a fresh 
vessel, with only two, or at most, three persons injured, and immediately sent her 
commander to hasten up the small vessels. Perry boarded the Niagara when she was 
abreast of the Lawrence, and further from her than the Detroit was on her right. The 
Lawrence now dropt astern aud hauled down her flag. Perry turned the Niagara's 
course toward the enemy, and crossing the bows of the Lawrence, bore down head- 
foremost to the enemy's line, determined to break through it and take a raking position. 
The Detroit attempted to turn, so as to keep her broadside to the Niagara, and avoid 
being raked, but in doing this, she fell against the Queen, and got entangled in her 
rigging, which left the enemy no alternative but to strike both ships. Perry now shot 
further ahead near the Lady Provost, which, from being crippled in her rudder, had 
drifted out of her place to the leeward, and was pressing forward toward the head of 
the British line to support the two ships. One broadside from the Niagara silenced her 
battery. The Hunter next struck, and the two smaller vessels in attempting to escape, 
were overhauled by the Scorpion, Mr. Champlin, and Trip, Mr. Holdup, and thus 
ended the action, after 3 o'clock, 

Let us now advert for a moment to the scenes exhibited in the flag-ship Lawrence, of 
which I can speak as an eye-witness. The wounded began to come down before she 
opened her battery, and for one, I felt impatient at the delay. In proper time, how- 
ever, as it proved, the dogs of war were let loose from their leash, and it seemed as 
though heaven and earth were at loggerheads. For more than two hours, little could 
be heard but the deafening thunders of our broadsides, the crash of balls dashing 
through our timbers, and the shrieks of the wounded. These were brought down faster 
than I could attend to them, farther than to stay the bleeding, or support a shattered 
limb with splints, and pass them forward upon the berth-deck. 

When the battle had raged an hour and a half, I heard a call for me at the small sky- 
light, and stepping toward it, I saw the Commodore, whose countenance was as calm 
and as placid as if on ordinary duty. "Doctor," said he, "send me one of your 
men," meaning one of the six stationed with me to assist in moving the wounded. 
In five minutes the call was repeated and obeyed, and at the seventh call, T told him he 
had all my men. He asked if there were any sick or wounded who could pull a rope, 
when two or three crawled upon deck to lend a feeble hand in pulling at the last guns. 

The hard fighting terminated about 3 o'clock. As the smoke cleared away, the two 
fleets were found mingled together, the small vessels having come up to the others. 
The shattered Lawrence, lying to the windward, was once more able to hoist her flag, 
which was cheered by a few feeble voices on board, making a melancholy sound com- 
pared with the boisterous cheers that preceded the battle. 

1859.] Speech of Dr. Usher Parsons. 173 

The proud, though painful duty, of taking possession of the conquered ships, was 
now performed. The Detroit was nearly dismantled, and the destruction and carnage 
had been dreadful. The Queen was in a condition little better — every commander 
and second in command, says Barclay, in his official report, was either killed or 
wounded. The whole number killed in the British fleet, was forty-one, and of 
wounded, ninety-four. In the American fleet, twenty-seven killed, and ninety-six 
wounded. Of the twenty-seven killed, twenty-two were on board the Lawrence ; and 
of the ninety-six wounded, sixty-one were on board this same ship, making eighty-three 
killed and wounded out of 101 reported fit for duty in the Lawrence on the morning of 
the battle. On board the Niagara were two killed, and twenty-three wounded, making 
twenty-five, and of these, twenty-two were killed or wounded after Perry took command 
of her. 

About four o'clock a boat was discovered approaching the Lawrence. Soon the 
Commodore was recognized in her, who was returning to resume the command of his 
tattered ship, determined that the remnant of her crew should have the privilege of 
witnessing the formal surrender of the British officers. It was a time of conflicting 
emotions when he stepped upon the deck. The battle was won, and he was safe, but 
the deck was slippery with blood, and strewed with the bodies of twenty officers and 
men, some of whom sat at table with us at our last meal, and the ship resounded with 
the groans of the wounded. Those of us who were spared and able to walk, met him 
at the gangway to welcome him on board, but the salutation was a silent one on both 
sides — not a word could find utterance. And now the British officers arrived, one 
from each vessel, to tender their submission, and with it their swords. When they 
approached, picking their way among the wreck and carnage of the deck with their 
hilts toward Perry, they tendered them to his acceptance. With a dignified and sol- 
emn air, and with a low tone of voice, he requested them to retain their side arms, 
inquired with deep concern for Commodore Barclay and the wounded officers, tender- 
ing to them every comfort his ship afforded, and expressing his regret that he had not a 
spare medical officer to send them, that he only had one on duty for the fleet, and that 
one had his hands full. 

Among the ninety-six wounded there occurred three deaths ; a result so favorable 
was attributable to the plentiful supply of fresh provisions sent off to us from the Ohio 
shore ; to fresh air, — the wounded being ranged under an awning on the deck until wc 
arrived at Erie, ten days after the action, and also to the devoted attention of Commo- 
dore Perry to every want. 

Those who were killed in the battle were that evening committed to the deep, and 
over them was read the impressive Episcopal service. 

On the following morning the two fleets sailed into this bay, where the slain officers 
of both were buried in an appropriate and affecting manner. They consisted of three 
Americans, Lieutenant Brooks and midshipmen Laub and Clarke, and three British 
officers, Captain Finnis and Lieutenant Stokes of the Queen, and Lieutenant Garland 
of the Detroit. Equal respect was paid to the slain of both nations, and the crews of 
both fleets united in the ceremony. The procession of boats, with two bands of music, 
the slow and regular motion of the oars, striking in exact time with the notes of the 
solemn dirge, the mournfnl waving of flags and sound of minute guns from the ships, 
presented a striking contrast to the scene presented two days before, when both the 
living and the dead, now forming in this solemn and fraternal train, were engaged in 
fierce and bloody strife, hurling at each other the thunderbolts of war. 

On the eighth day after the action, the Lawrence was dispatched to Erie with the 
wounded, where we received a cordial welcome and kind hospitality. The remainder 
of the vessels conveyed Harrison's army to Maiden, where they found the public stores 
in flames, and Proctor with his army in hasty retreat. Perry joined Harrison as a 
volunteer aid, who with our troops, chiefly from Ohio and Kentucky, overtook and 
captured the army. Perry then accompanied Harrison and Commodore Barclay to 
Erie, where they landed amid peals of cannon and shouts of the multitude, and from 
thence he proceeded to Rhode Island. 

Commodore Perry served two years as commander of the Java, taking with him 
most of the survivors of the Lawrence. He after this commanded a squadron in the 
West Indies, where he died in 1819. 

Possessed of high toned morals, he was above the low dissipation aEd sensuality too 
prevalent with some officers of his day, and in his domestic character was a model of 
every domestic virtue and grace. His literary acquirements were respectable, and his 
taste refined. He united the graces of a manly beauty to a lion heart, a sound mind, a 
safe judgment, and a firmness of purpose which nothing could shake. 

But this intelligent audience already know and appreciate his noble virtues and 
honor his glorious achievements. The maps of your shores and inland towns and 
counties are inscribed with his name ; and the noble State of Ohio and the United 

174 Speech of Dr. Usher Parsons. [April, 

States, are about to decorate the walls of their respective capitols with splendid repre- 
sentations of the battle we are this day commemorating. 

My friends, in the name and behalf of the citizens of Rhode Island, I tender you 
their grateful acknowledgments for the honor done that little State on this interesting 
occasion. She sent hither the commander of the squadron, and a majority of the 
officers and men. She glories in the victory gained, and regards the name and fame 
of her gallant son as one of her choicest jewels, and will ever cherish grateful senti- 
ments towards those who respect and honor his memory You have come hither, my 
friends, for this holy purpose from all the cities of the lake shores, and are about to lay 
the corner stone of a monument to perpetuate his memory and fame. Though these 
will outlive structures of marble or of bronze, yet rest assured that the citizens of 
Rhode' Island will hail with delight the report of this day's transactions, and in their 
future western pilgrimages will linger about this spot and invoke Heaven's choicest 
blessings on you in return for your generous magnanimity. 

Old companions in the conflict, I rejoice to see you and once more take you by tho 
hand, and a more fitting occasion than the present could hardly occur or be conceived 
of. In the days of our youth we came to the rescue of this Lake, and to assist iu ' 
restoring peace to the frontier. A kind Providence has bounteously prolonged our 
days beyond man's allotted period of existence, and now, after the lapse of nearly half 
a century, permits us to revisit the place where important scenes transpired in our early 
years, and to unite in celebrating the victory achieved by our much loved commander. 
We joyfully survey the wonderful changes and improvements that have occurred since 
the war of 1812. Buffalo was then a populous village, but soon after a heap of ashes. 
Erie contained but a score of dwellings. Cleveland was a cluster of log cabins, San- 
dusky the same, Toledo was nowhere, and Detroit in possession of the enemy ; and 
not a single American vessel was left on the lakes, on which to hoist our stars and 

And what do we behold now ? A population increased an hundred fold ; magnifi- 
cent and prosperous cities, lofty spires and domes on temples of worship ; colleges and 
seminaries of learning ; extensive commerce ; railroads diverging and intersecting in 
all directions ; the white outspread wings of commerce gliding to and fro, and freighted 
with the exhaustless products of the North and North-west, — aye, and ploughing you 
crystal waves, once shrouded in the smoke of our cannon, and crimsoned with the 
blood of our companions. 

Old friends, we part to-day, probably to meet no more. Our memories of the past, 
and the happy experiences of this celebration, fill our hearts with grateful and tender 
emotions, and will serve to gild the evening twilight of our days. I bid you an affec- 
tionate farewell. 

At the conclusion of Dr. Parsons's address and the nine hearty cheers that followed, 
a patriotic song, prepared for the occasion, was sung by Ossian E. Dodge and the 
Barker family ; and Mayor Starkweather, of Cleveland was then announced, and 
addressed the assemblage in a spirited and patriotic speech. 

[From Boston News Letter, 2Gth Sept., 1754.] 
His Excellency at his late visit to Taconnet and Cushenoc, nam'd the Fort 
lately erected at the former of those Places Fort HALIFAX, and that at the lat- 
ter, Fort WESTERN; and the Ceremony of naming the former was perform'd 
by his Excellency's laying the Corner Stone, the Garrison being drawn up under 
Arms ; after which he drank success to Fort Halifax ; which was seconded by a 
general Discharge of the Cannon there. 

The Inscription upon the Stone lay'd by His Excellency is as follows, 

Quod felix faustumq; sit 

Hunc lapidem posuit 


Sub auspiciis 


Comitis de HALIFAX; 


Quotquot sunt Ditionis BRITANNIC^E, 

Per AMERICAM Utramque, 

Prasefecti atq; Patroni Illustrissimi. 

Die 3 Septembris, A. D. 1754. 

1859.] Book Notices. 175 


Memoir of the Rev. William Robinson, formerly Pastor of the Congre- 
gational Church in Southington, Conn. With some account of his 
Ancestors in this country. By his son, Edward Robinson. Printed 
as manuscript, for private distribution. New York : 1859. pp. 214. 

Though professedly a biography, we have here as much of sound genealogy as often 
occurs in a book of this size. The family is traced to William Robinson of Dorchester, 
and the prevalent idea of a connection between him and the Puritan divine of Leyden 
is shown to be without a shadow of foundation. The same conclusion is arrived at as 
to the claim of Abraham Robinson of Gloucester to such a parentage ; and we appre- 
ciate the candor of the author in stating clearly the truth, however unpalatable. 

A considerable space is given to the biography of Rev. John Robinson of Duxbury, 
and to the allied families of Wolcott, Mosely, Mills, Norton, Strong, and H:oker. The 
rest of the volume is mainly devoted to the character and labors of the Rev. William 
Robinson, who seems to have been a man of great abilities and strength of character. 

We congratulate the members of the family that the task of editing their annals has 
fa'Qen into such competent hands. 

The Congregational Quarterly. Vol. 1, No. 1. Conducted, under the 
sanction of the Congregational Library Association, by Revs. J. S. 
Clark, H. M. Dexter, and A. H. Quint. Boston : 1859. 

We are led to notice the appearance of this new religious quarterly, from the fact 
that its plan embraces much matter of historical value. Thus, in the present number, 
we have a biographical sketch of the famous Thomas Prince, the annalist, which con- 
tains many facts, from original sources, never before made public. The tables, also, 
:of items relative to Congregational clergymen, contain much which will hereafter assist 
the genealogist. 

We trust that the editors will not shrink from the task they have assumed, but will, 
by examining into the lives of the famous divines of the past two centuries, make 
valuable contributions to historical knowledge. No other periodical can, with such 
propriety, devote the necessary space to these investigations, and the results will be 
of more value than those theological discussions on abstruse points which so often over- 
load the pages of religious magazines. 

The influence exerted by the ministry on the early history of New England cannot 
be overlooked by any student, and the lives of those who have contributed to the pros- 
perity and standing of our country deserve a proper memorial. The lives of Sam. 
Mather, Byles, Sewall, Pemberton, Hancock, and a score of others, will furnish the 
Diographer with material to amuse and interest his reader. 

Let us hope, then, that the conductors of the new magazine will avail of the oppor- 
unity to possess themselves of a yet untrodden path of research. 

The opening article on Prince is very good, its only defect being a tendency to specu- 
ation upon the motive of the subject of the sketch — a matter concerning which each 
nan must judge for himself, according to his acquaintance with the tenor of Prince's 
vritings. We cannot suffer to pass unchallenged, however, the following notice of the 
> rince Library — stating that there remain " a few remnants garnered partly in the 
]hapel of the Old South Church, and a few musty shreds of it stowed away in the 
ooms of the Massachusetts Historical Society, .... its treasures have either been 
destroyed, or barbarously mutilated and suffered to fall into decay." We think that the 
ase is a little overstated, as in 1847 a catalogue was printed giving the titles of 1523 
tooks and bundles of books, with 259 in the keeping of the Massachusetts Historical 
Society, making in all probably 2000 to 2500 of these precious volumes. 

We have now to offer a plan which we commend especially to the pastor of the Old 
outh, as his biography has shown his interest in the labors of Prince, and his desire 

perpetuate his name. This library, even in its present form, is of incalculable value 
3 the historian. The church and society is one of the wealthiest, if not the wealthiest, 

1 Boston. Let the church, therefore, place a liberal construction upon Prince's will, 
nd provide a room where these precious works may be accessible. At present, neither 
ortion of them can be seen by the public, and there is a moral obligation upon the 
tiurch to take the proper steps to preserve the trust committed to them. If they are 
jally unable, let them say so, and we will agree soon to obtain an association ready to 

176 Book Notices. [April, 

assume the charge on the terms we propose. Take, for instance, the Congregational 
Library Association ; their object is identical with that of our supposed society. We 
venture to say that for a very moderate rent they will devote a room in their almost 
fire-proof building to the Prince Library, and keep it open for the inspection of all. 
When such a course is adopted, contributions will flow in, and restore the department 
of New England theology, at least, to its pristine glory. With such a nucleus, a col- 
lection without a rival can easily be formed. 

Our country clergymen have often opportunities to collect a few rare volumes, without 
cost, which, we venture to say, they will be glad to add to such a laudable attempt to 
honor Puritan divines. No rival need be feared : the Public Library has too many 
other branches of literature to attend to ; our historical societies, also, embrace too 
extensive a field to perfect this. Let us see, then, the Prince Library once placed in a 
proper position, and we cannot doubt the success of the enterprise, nor measure the 
amount of prospective good which will attend its successful establishment. 

w. n. w. 

A Genealogical Register of the Descendants, in the Male line, of David 
Atwater, one of the original Planters of New Haven, Conn., to the j 
Fifth Generation. New Haven : 1851. pp. 26 and 4. 

We have passed the time when we felt bound to apologize for omissions in our record : 
of family histories published ; and we can only say, now, that our readers will find the 
contents of this work as valuable, as though we had apprised them of its appearance at 
the proper time. It is a clear and concise account of the descendants of David Atwater, I 
who, as his brother Joshua's family is believed to be extinct, may be regarded as the 
progenitor of all who bear the name in America. We presume the pamphlet was com- : 
piled by the Rev. Edward E. Atwater of New Haven. 

Steele Family : a Genealogical History of John and George Steele {set- 
tlers of Hartford, Conn.), 1635-6, and their Descendants. With an 
Appendix, containing Genealogical Information respecting other Fam- 
ilies of the name who settled in different parts of the United States. 
By Daniel Steele Durrie, Librarian of Wisconsin Slate Historical 
Society. Albany : Munscll and Rowland. 1859. pp. 145. 

As to the mechanical execution of this book, it is enough to say that it is printed by 
Munsell, for no one surpasses him in his department ; as to the contents, we will pro- 
ceed to a brief exposition. The work has occupied Mr. Durrie, and his friend, the late 
Dr. A. J. Skilton, about ten years, and their investigations have borne fruit, in this 
volume, which will take rank with the best yet published. 

The Steeles are by no means of one stock ; John and George are believed to have 
been brothers, as they came together to this country, settled in Cambridge, and removed 
to Hartford together. Their families are numbered and traced side by side. But there 
are also descendants of Thomas Steele of Boston, of Thomas Steele of Londonderry, 
Steeles of New York, Virginia, and many other places, connected only by the name, 
but yet all have been carefully and industriously traced out. We do not recollect any 
other genealogy which possesses such an array of unallied families, and we trust that | 
the example set will be widely followed. We have not much to say farther in com- 
mendation of the work ; we have so recently expressed our opinion of the requirements 
to be fulfilled before a genealogy can be ranked as good, that the highest praise Ave can 
give — and we are happy to give it in the present case — is, that the book is fully equal 
to those which have preceded it. 

Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the 
United States, for 1857. By Hon. Nathan Crosby. Boston : Phil- 
lips, Sampson and Company. 1858. 8vo. pp. 432. With two 

This is the first volume of a proposed annual series. If we mistake not in our figures, 
it contains obituary notices of 3269 individuals, of both sexes. Some of these notices 
are brief, giving simply the name, age, place and time of decease of the persons men- 
tioned ; in others, we are presented with details of life and character. These patient 
gleanings are chiefly from the newspapers of the day, with occasional abstracts from 

1859.] Book Notices. 177 

eulogies, sermons, and other publications. It is well to have them thus permanently 
preserved, for in such a form they furnish valuable material for reference. The com- 
piler in truth remarks, that " the name, the life, the influence of every man makes a 
part of the history of the times." There are many in this collection, however, who 
were without doubt worthy and respectable people, to whom we should hardly concede 
the term " eminent persons." Some fifty pages at the close of the work are devoted to 
sketches of individuals who died previous to 1857. 

We would here make a suggestion, applicable in its nature to the Register as to 
the work before us. It is well known that statements gathered from newspapers and 
miscellaneous publications are not so reliable as direct communications from well in- 
formed correspondents. We therefore solicit, for our obituary columns, the aid of 
patrons disposed to co-operate with us, in furnishing brief notices of their deceased 
acquaintances and friends, that we may be enabled more fully to perfect this depart- 
ment of our work. 

A Journal of the Expedition to Quebec, in the year 1775, under the com- 
mand of Col. Benedict Arnold. By James Melvin, a private in Capt. 
Dearborn's company. New York : 1857. pp. 30. 

Diary of Washington : from the first day of October, 1789, to the tenth 
day of March, 1790. From the original manuscript, now first printed. 
New York: 1858. pp. 89. 

These two volumes are printed for a club of seven gentlemen of New York, whose 
intention is to continue the series. They have been fortunate in their selection of the 
initiatory volumes, and have preserved documents well worthy of the preference. 

The books are issued in a beautiful form; and, as the small number of the im- 
pressions will always make them sought for and prized by the lover of choice works, 
we must congratulate those who are so fortunate as to be on the list of recipients of the 
volumes. We are glad to see the taste for such bibliographic rarities on the increase, 
and trust that the example thus set by our New York friends will find imitators in 
New England, since many of the most valuable contributions to our history can only 
see the light through the liberality of a few generous patrons of this branch of 

An Historical Sketch of the Church Missionary Association of the 
Eastern District of the Diocese of Massachusetts. By the Rev. Wil- 
liam Stevens Perry. Published by the request of the Association. 
Boston : 1859. pp. 39. 

A well-written account of the labors of a society which has been a means of great 
;ood. We intend to notice this work more fully in a future number. 

4 Sermon preached October 31, 1858, the Sunday after the Fortieth An- 
niversary of his Ordination. By Alvan Lamson, D. D., Pastor of the 
First Church and Parish in Dedham. Boston : Crosby, Nichols and 
Company. 1859. 8vo. pp. 63. 

In this discourse, Dr. Lamson, with becoming candor and pertinency, reviews his 
linisterial labors for the two score years he has been connected with the first church 
i Dedham. He is the seventh minister of that ancient society — the first five of whom 
ied while sustaining the pastoral office. The average duration of their ministries was 
fraction over thirty years. Rev. Jason Haven, the fifth minister, preached his fortieth 
nniversary sermon in 1796. The length of his pastorate was forty-seven years and 
iven months. 

The public were before indebted to Dr. Lamson for his valuable discourses delivered 
ovember 18th, 1838, on the completion of the second century from the gathering of 
le First Church. Since the publication of those sermons, important additional infl- 
ation has been obtained, particularly in relation to the first three pastors of the 
lurch — Allin, Adams, and Belcher. Some of these facts are introduced into the 
^pendix, which occupies more than one half the pamphlet. A copy of Mr. Allin 's 
ill is given, entire, illustrated with some appropriate historical and genealogical notes. 


178 Book Notices. [April, 

On the 3d of January, 1858, on occasion of the reopening of the church, an historical 
sermon was delivered by the pastor. A greater part of that discourse is here printed. 

We are pleased to learn that Dr. Lamson is engaged in making a selection of his 
valuable papers for republication in one volume. Many of the articles have been 
printed in the Christian Examiner. This work will be especially welcomed by the 
many friends of Dr. L. who appreciate his scholarly attainments and Christian faith- 

On page 57, it is stated, erroneously, that Samuel, son of Rev. Joseph Belcher, went 
from Milton, Mass., to Windham, Conn. This mistake originated in printing the article 
for the Register, vol. xi., page 33G, from which article Dr. Lamson quotes. Mr. Belcher 
removed from Milton to the town of Windsor. 

An Address on the Life and Character of James Deane, M. D., of Green- 
field, Mass., August 4, 1858. By Henry I. Bowditch, M. D. Green- 
field : H. D. Mirick and Company, printers. 1858. 8vo. pp. 45. 

This address is a tribute of cordial friendship to a manly soul, and a faithful and 
graceful delineation of the character of " the beloved physician." It was delivered in 
Greenfield, to a large gathering of the citizens of that and the adjoining towns, in that 
" beautiful valley, and near the stream made doubly famous by traditionary lore and 
by his own labors." 

Dr. Deane was born in Coleraine, Mass. He possessed a passionate love of nature. 
" The house in which he was born was humble to the last degree, but it was placed 
most magnificently, nearly on the summit of one of the highest hills in that vicinity. 
Every morning, as the child came forth from the cottage to wash his rosy young face 
at the ample stone basin, hewn out by nature, and placed near the well-sweep for the 
convenience of the whole family, his eyes were greeted with a gorgeous burst of nature 
in her sublimest form." Here the grandeur of the surrounding scenery suggested to 
his susceptible young heart ideas of serene beauty and of God. 

The severe struggles made by him to obtain an education, and the great obstacles he 
surmounted in the study of his profession, are faithfully portrayed. He became emi- 
nent particularly as a surgeon, but was perhaps more widely known from his papers 
communicated to the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian Institution, and to 
various scientific journals, on the fossil footprints of the valley of the Connecticut. 
Dr. Deane also contributed many valuable papers to the Boston Medical and Surgical 
Journal. A list of his scientific and medical papers are given by Dr. Bowditch in an 
appendix to his address. 

In 1835, Dr. Deane first began his researches of fossil footprints. At that time some 
slabs of stratified sandstone were brought from Turner's Falls to Greenfield, to be used 
for sidewalks in that village. To the casual observer they seemed like bird tracks, but 
Dr. Deane alone recognized them as veritable footprints. He seems, from that moment, 
to have seized upon an examination of the whole subject with a never-yielding 
enthusiasm. He communicated with various scientific men, in this and other countries, 
giving a statement of his discoveries ; and at the time of his death, had partially 
completed a very full account, illustrated by drawings of his own of various specimens 
of his discoveries, for the Smithsonian Institution. 

History of the Rise, Progress, and Consummation of the Rupture which 
now divides the Congregational Clergy and Churches of Massachusetts, 
in a Discourse delivered in the First Church in Deerfield, Mass., 
Septemher 22, 1857, the day preceding the Fiftieth Anniversary of the 
Author's Ordination. By Samuel Willard. Greenfield : 1858. 8vo. 
pp. 42. 

A Valedictory Discourse, delivered in the First Church, Beverly, July 4, 
1858. By Christopher T. Thayer. 8vo. pp. 52. 

A Sermon preached on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of his Ordination 
as Pastor of the Second Church in Boston, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 5, i 
1858. By Chandler Robbins, D. D. With an Appendix. Boston: j 
Crosby, Nichols and Company. 8vo. pp. 47. 

Dr. Willard' s discourse, though delivered more than a year ago, has recently come 
to hand. The venerable man, at the time of its delivery, was in his eighty-second 

1859.] Book Notices. 179 

year. For nearly forty years he has been deprived of his sight to such a degree as to 
be unable to read or write, and for a quarter of a century or more has been totally 
blind. In 1829, he asked and received a dismission from his people. The subject of 
the discourse is indicated by the title page. The theme well served the author to draw 
out reminiscences of interest to those who wish information in regard to our ecclesiasti- 
3al history at the beginning of the present century. 

Mr. Thayer gives a retrospect of his eight-ancl-twenty years labor in the ministry 
at Beverly. He furnishes us, also, with sketches of his predecessors in the pastoral 
office — John Hale, ordained in 1667; Thomas Blowers, who succeeded him in 1701; 
Joseph Champney, ordained in 1729; Joseph Willard, in 1772, who in nine years re- 
signed for the presidency of Harvard College; Joseph McKean, ordained in 1785, 
ifterward the first president of Bowdoin College; Abiel Abbot, who settled there in 
1803 — these ministries, with the one just closed, averaged more than a quarter of a 
jentury in duration. Prominent among the laymen of that society, noticed by Mr. 
Thayer, are the names of Robert Hale, Nathan Dane, Joshua Fisher, Robert Rantoul, 
Moses Brown, and others. In that society, in 1810, was established what Rev. Mr. 
Thayer claims as the first regular Sunday school in New England, and perhaps through- 
rat Christendom. 

The members of the parish, in a communication to their retiring pastor, reciprocate 
he kind sentiments expressed by him in his discourse. 

Dr. Robbins, in 1851, delivered two discourses, commemorative of the two hundred 
md first anniversary of the Second Church. These discourses, containing much his- 
orical information and details in relation to that church and its ministers, were pub- 
ished in a volume of 320 pages, with portraits. On the present occasion it was" con- 
idered, by the preacher, unnecessary to attempt giving a history of their church affairs 
or the quarter of a century he had been with them. He briefly reviews, however „ 
' the most important events which have affected the welfare of the church ' ' during 
hat period, and gathers up " some of the general impressions" of his "ministerial 
xperience." In the appendix is an affectionate tribute to the memory and services 
f the late Rev. Francis Parkman, D.D., of the old North Church, who, at the ordi- 
ation of Dr. Robbins in 1833, gave the right hand of fellowship. 

Census of the Inhabitants of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence 
Plantations, taken by order of the General Assembly, in the year 1774 ; 
and by the General Assembly of the State ordered to be printed. Ar- 
ranged by John R.. Bartlett, Secretary of State. Providence: 1858. 
pp. 238. 

The title page of this book gives so clear an idea of its contents,, that we have only 
) add, that, as it contains the name of all the heads of families and the number of 
leir children, it must be of great value to the genealogist. 

In Account of the Organization and Proceedings of the Battle of Lake 
Erie Monument Association, and Celebration of the 45th Anniversary 
of the Battle of Lake Erie, at Put-in Bay Island, on September 10, 
1858. Sandusky: H. D. Cooke and Company. 1858. 8vo. pp.49. 

The nature of this pamphlet is fully unfolded by its title. The principal proceedings 
ere addresses by Hon. E. Cooke of Sandusky, Usher Parsons, M. D., of Providence, 
id Mayor Starkweather of Cleveland ; and an ode by D. Bethune Duffield of Detroit, 
ipt. Stephen Champlin, the last surviving commander of the Perry squadron, also 
ade a few remarks. In another part of this number we have printed the speech of 
r friend, Dr. Parsons, who was surgeon of Commodore Perry's flag ship, and an eye 
d ear witness of the awful scene. His narrative is of the highest authority, and 
.11 be read with interest. 

edigree of the Family of Bond y of the Isle of Purbeck, in the County 
of Dorset. London : 1858. 

As we have announced our intention to note such English genealogies as we learn of, 
) give the title as above. Only fifteen copies were printed ; and it is simply a large 
bular pedigree, of folio size, with a few pages of notes. We have been much pleased, 
wever, by this plan, which may be worthy of imitation here. 

180 Book Notices. [April, 

Two Hundred Years Ago ; or, a Brief History of Cambridgeport and 
East Cambridge, ivith Notices of some of the Early Settlers. A Christ- 
mas and Birthday Gift for Young Persons. Bv S. S. S. Boston : Otis 
Clapp. 1859. 12mo. pp. 111. 

This book is somewhat different from the works usually noticed in our pages, being 
written particularly for young persons. There are many things, however, in the little 
volume that will be of interest to adults. Brief sketches are given, by the writer, of 
the families of Phipps, Vassal, Cragie, Soden, Inman, Oliver, and others. There are 
two wood cuts in the book, illustrative of the Inman and Vassal houses — localities are 
described and improvements mentioned. We have a condensed history of the building 
of dwelling and schoolhouses, churches, stores, manufacturing establishments, bridges, 
the causeway, canals, wharves, &c. In 1800, there were twelve families in the place. 
Miss Mary Merriam of Lincoln, the same year "opened the first school in this new 
section, commencing with twelve pupils." She "continued to teach for more than 
thirty years." This schoolmistress died Nov. 28th, 1852, aged 83 years, 7 months, 10 
days, " being the oldest resident but one in the city." In 1802, "the Inman farm 
(Gen. Putnam's headquarters at the time ot the great battle of Bunker Hill) was sold 
to numerous purchasers, and from this time commenced a rapid settlement." " Of the 
first settlers," as they are called, it is stated, " but four now survive — Messrs. Joshua 
Harlow, Solomon and Samuel Eanoock, and Nathaniel Livermore." Short notices are 
furnished of each of these individuals. The writer presents some entertaining remi- 
niscences of men and events, and encourages us to hope for more. 

It would be ] leasing to have a well prepared series of histories of our older towns 
for young persons; but our tears would lie stronger than our hopes in regard to the 
immediate pecuniary profit to be derived from the issue of such publications. 

The History of Cape Cod : the Annals of Barnstable County, and of its 
several Towns, including the District of Mashpee. In two volumes. 
By Frederick Freeman. Boston: 1859. No. 3. pp.321 — 480. 

All are familiar with the outline of Cape Cod, as pictured on the map, rounding out 
into die Atlantic, northward then westward, and ending in the hook-like curve — "the 
desired haven" of the ships imperiled by wintry storms. This thread of sand is sup- 
posed by many to abound in tarpaulins, cod-hooks, and Grand-bank or Labrador 
widows — and not much <ls<>. This last is a mistake in toto, to our certain knowledge, 
gained from a leisurely survey, last summer, from Sandwich to Provincetown on the 
Atlantic shore, and back again on the bay shore. Not another county in New England 
is so free from poverty, so rich in the outward garb of general thrift ; there were well 
painted dwellings, neat fences, handsome churches and schoolhouses, comfortable 
clothing, cultivated fields, convenient wharves, improved roads, growing villages, 
hospitable doors, and comfortable beds ; we saw not a son of Erin, not a fresh fish, and 
the rimer lectularius is said to be a stranger there. All this is not accident, but the 
result of virtue, intelligence, and enterprise, doing battle with adverse facts, and 
making a waste of sand and water to minister life, and strength, a,nd comfort, to soul 
and body. 

How and by whom was all this effected ? Let the inquirer read it in the pains- 
taking, yet pleasant and dignified chapters of Mr. Freeman's History : there read of 
the endurance, the energy, the religious zeal, the trust in God, which led the obscure, 
but veritable, soldiers of civilization, in their wandering and sojournings in that wilder- 
ness ; read the very names of these people, of their wives and children, and then feel 
a new glow of holy gratitude that such men and women gave us life, and a higher 
sense of our grave responsibilities as their children. 

This number of Mr. Freeman's book contains, not new versions of old stories, but 
additions to the history of the war of independence. It is a new chapter, and glorious 
too ; no abstract of it will satisfy us, or the reader, or do justice to Mr. Freeman or 
his history. " The religious element," he says, " was, indeed, potential throughout 
the entire progress of events, and no doubt contributed powerfully to prevent despond- 
encv and to secure the final result. The evidence of this is everywhere apparent 
throughout the revolutionary movement." Mr. Freeman w r arms as he proceeds in his 
narrative, and inspires his readers with him ; but we must refer to his pages for the 
passionate life of those days. 

The amount of investigation as well as labor of arrangement and composition in 
volved in this work, and the large pecuniary risk, borne wholly by Mr. Freeman, shoulc 
secure for it a purchaser in every house on Cape Cod. 


Marriages and Deaths. 




Codman, Edward W., at Boston, Oct. 6th, 
to Miss Leslie P., daughter of Charles L. 
Tildcn of Lowell. 

Johnson, Lyman G., at Fort Fairfield, 
Me., Aug. 1858, to Miss Climena Whit- 
more of Letter G. 

Mills, Gustavus D., of Bloomfield, Me., 
Feb. 9th, to Miss Sarah B. Whitmore, of 
Boston; in Hartford, Conn., at the resi- 
dence of the bride's uncle, Wra. Frazier, 

Quincy, Josiah P., Esq., Boston, Dec. 23, 
to Helen Frances, daughter of lion. 
Judge Huntington ; at King's Chapel, 
by Rev. F. D. Huntington, D. D. 

Stillman, Walter, of Hartford, at Chester 
Factories, Feb. 1, to Miss Mary A., 
daughter of Rev. Zolva Whitmore. 

Twombly, Alexander S., Boston, Dec. 
23, to Abby Quincy, daughter of Jacob 
Bancroft; by Rev. Dr. Blagden. 

Wiiittemore, Joel, at Wendell, Nov. 3, to 
Miss Martha S. Waters, both of Fitz 
William, N. H. 


Abbot, Rev. Abicl, D. D., West Cam- 
bridge, Feb. 1, as. 93 yrs. 1 mo. 17 days. 
He was the eldest son of Deacon Abiel 
and Dorcas (Abbot) Abbot, and was 
born in Wilton, N. II., Dec. 14, 17G5; 
grad. H. C. 1787 ; has been for several 
years the only survivor of his class, and 
at the time of his decease was the oldest 
surviving graduate of the College. He 
was ordained at Coventry, Conn., Oct. 
28, 1795. This connection was severed 
June 6, 1811. In September following 
he was appointed Principal of Dummer 
Academy, in Newbury, which charge he 
resigned in 1819. On the 27th of June, 
1827, he was installed pastor of the 
church in Peterborough, N. H. About 
four years ago he left Peterborough, and 
took up his abode with his grandson, 
Rev. Samuel Abbot Smith, in West 
Cambridge, where he died. In 1829, 
Dr. Abbot published a History of An- 
dover, Mass., 12mo., pp. 204, and, in 
1847, aided by Rev. Ephraim Abbot, of 
Westford, he compiled the " Genealogi- 
cal Register of the Abbot Family," 8vo, 
pp. 197. 

In 1796, he married Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Capt. John Abbot, of Andover, by 
whom he had three children, all daugh- 
ters. His wife died April 6, 1853. 
lllen, John, Wayland, Feb. 3, a3. 91 yrs. 
6 months. 

lllison, Mrs. Mary, Nottingham, N. H.. 
Jan. 17, in the 109th year of her age, 

She was born in Lee, N. H., on the 20th 
of May, 1750. She has eight daughters 
living, the youngest of whom is 60 years 
of age, three of whom are over 80, and 
the eldest in her 86th year. 

Ayer, Elisha, Preston, Conn., Dec. 18, sc. 
92 years; a teacher of Gen. Zachary 
Taylor, and author of a life of him in 

Beals, Isaac, East Stoughton, January 
14, 03. 74. Mr. Beals was born in Ran- 
dolph, Mass., in which place he spent 
his early days. Thence he moved to 
Stoughton, and was the first man to 
introduce the manufacture of boots in 
that town, which business he followed a 
number of years. It is now largely car- 
ried on at the present day. At the in- 
troduction of the manufacture of boots 
at Sing Sing State Prison, N. Y., he 
was called to take charge of that estab- 
lishment and oversee the business. He 
continued there until ill health com- 
pelled him to leave. He served in the 
war of 1812. 

Belknap, Mrs. Anne Clarke, Keokuk, 
Iowa, Dec. 7, a3. 57 ; widow of Brigadier- 
General W. G. Belknap, U. S. Army. 

Birds all, Mrs. Amelia, Newburgh, N. Y., 
Jan. 13, in the 80th year of her age ; relict 
of Capt. Charles Birdsall. This venerable 
lady was a daughter of Major Isaac Bel- 
knap, of Revolutionary memory, and, 
on the side of her mother, a grand-daugh- 
ter of Col. Briggs Aldcn, of Duxbury, 
Mass., a lineal descendant of John Alden, 
the Mayflower pilgrim. She was mother- 
in-law to Odell S. Hathaway, Hiram 
Falls, Charles U. Cushman, and William 
E. Warren, of Newburgh. 

Blake, Mrs. Jemima, Newport, N. H., 
Dec. 28, a3. 95 ; widow of Abel Blake of 
Keene, N. H. She was the daughter of 
Samuel Warren of Milford, Mass., ' (a 
Captain in the Revolutionary army) and 
first cousin to Gen. Joseph Warren. 

Bond, William Cranch, Cambridge, Jan. 
29, a3. 69. He was born at Portland, 
Me., Sept. 9, 1789, and served an ap- 
prenticeship to the watchmaking busi- 
ness under his father. But he showed a 
love for astronomy at an early age, and 
established a private Observatory at Dor- 
chester, while yet a young man. In 1815 
he went to Europe, and executed a com- 
mission from Harvard College for a con- 
templated Observatory. In 1838 he was 
appointed by the United States Govern- 
ment to conduct a series of astronomical 
and meteorological observations in con- 
nection with the exploring expedition 
then fitting out. In 1839 he was ap- 
pointed Superintendent of the erection of 
the Observatory of Harvard, of which he 


Marriages and Deaths. 


has ever since been the Director. He 
ranked worthily among the greatest 
astronomers of the time. 

Bowker, Joel, Salem, Dec. 8, ce. 83. 

Bradford, Rev. James, Sheffield, Mass., 
Dec. 16, x. 72; for more than 40 years 
pastor of the Congregational Church in 
that place. 

Bradford, William, Trenton, N. J., Jan. 

10, as. 80. 

Brazier, Mrs. Sarah Jane, Charlcstown, 
Nov. 16, wife of Wiliain II., and dan. of 
Daniel Sargent, x. 27 yrs. 9 mo8. 25 dys. 

Broavn, Hon. Aaron Vail, Washington, 
D. C, March 8, a-. 03 ; the Postmaster 
General of the United States. He was 
born in co. Brunswick, Virginia, l."> Aug. 
179."), grad. at Chape] Ilill University, 
N. C, 1SU. In is 15 he removed with 
his father's family to Tennessee, where 
he studied law and practiced in Nash- 
ville. In 1839, he was elected a Rep- 
resentative to Con-re^, and was re- 
elected in 1841 and 1843. In 1845, he, 
was (dected Governor of Tennessee, his 
law partner,James K. Polk, having then 
jnsi been chosen President of the United 

Browning, Catharine, Preston, Conn., 
Jan. 8, a'. 91 yrs. 11 mos. 28 days. 

BULKLEY, Jonathan, Sonthport, Conn., 
Feb. 10, S3. 72 years, G months. 

Burniiam, Mrs. Mary, Ipswich, Jan. 8, 
x. 93 years and 6 months, widow of 
Thomas M. Burnham, a Revolutionary 
pensioner of Essex. 

BuBHHELL, James, Bennington, Vt., Dec. 
3, 83. 96 yrs. , a Revolutionary pensioner., Mrs. Laura, New Orleans, Aug. 

11, S3. 26; wife of Dr. Stamford Chailee, 
and only daughter of the late Col. John 
Monntfort, United States Artillery, for- 
merly of this city. 

Chamberlain, Nathaniel, Wendell, Nov. 
27, x. 83. 

Chittenden, Cornelius, Westbrook, Dec. 
24, 83. 94, a soldier of the Revolution. 

Clapp, Mrs. Jane, Dorchester, Dec. 29, 
x. 90 yrs. 11 mos. 19 days; widow of 
Jonathan Clapp. 

Cctright, Mrs. Rebecca, Upshur Co., 
Va., Dec. 5, x. 106 years. She was the 
first white woman who settled in the 
Valley of the Buckhannon River, going 
to Western Virginia when quite young, 
and living with her husband in a hollow 
tree, at the mouth of Turkey Run, in 
what is now Upshur county. She leaves 
over four hundred descendants. 

Davies, Joseph, New York, Dee. 29, x. 95. 

Denio, Luke, Dickinson, Franklin Co., 
N. Y., Jan. 22, as. 120 years. He was a 
Canadian Frenchman — remembered the 
victory of Gen. Wolfe at Quebec, and 
was at that time old enough to be a mail 
carrier on a short route between some of 
the small towns in Canada. 

Dodge, Rufus, North Brookficld, Jan. 24, 
x. 85 years, probably the oldest school- 
master of Worcester County. The Wor- 
cester Spy says: "His first school was 
in Old Brookfield in 1792, and he con- 
tinued in the service till 1832, a period 
of forty years. He taught nearly all the 
schools in the Brookfields and in the 
neighboring towns." " When last taken 
sick, his family proposed to him to be 
removed into another room, which they 
had fitted up for him, but he declined. 
'In this room,' said he, 'my father and 
mother both died, here I was bom, and 
here I wish to die,' and he was permitted 
to breathe his last, where eighty-fiv«] 
years before, he drew his first breath." 

DuDLBT, ('apt. John, Wilkinsonville, Feb. 
11, a'. 89 wars. 

Eaton, Ebenezer, Danville, Vt., Jan, 31, 
;r. B2. Mr. Eaton was born at Mansfield, 
Ct., and was brother to General Eaton, 
whose exploits in the war of Tripoli are 
so well known. He was editor of the 
Danville North Star. 

ELL8WORTII, lion. Henry L. , Fairbaven, 
Conn., Dee. 27, x. 68; a twin brother of 
Hon. W. W. Ellsworth, ex-Gov. and 
Judge of the Supreme Court of Connecti- 
cut, and son of Chief Justice Oliver 
Ellsworth. Under President Jackson he 
was Commissioner of the Indian tribes 
BOnth and west of Arkansas, and was 
afterwards at the head of the United 
Stan- Patent ( Mlice. He was for a short 
time Mayor of Hartford. 

El -us, Hon. George, New Orleans, Dec. 
23, S3. 62. He was born in Boston, Oct, 
20, 1796, grad. II. C. 1815. Soon after 
graduation he went abroad in the capacity 
of private secretary to his uncle, Gov. 
Win. Eustis, then Minister to the Hague. 
He settled in New Orleans about the 
year 1S22 ; was repeatedly elected to the 
Legislature of Louisiana, held the offices 
of Secretary of State, Attorney General, 
and Associate Justice of the Supreme 
Court. He left a widow and several 
children, one of whom, Hon. George 
Eustis, Jr., has, during the last and 
present Congress, been the Representa- 
tive from the first Congressional District 
in Louisiana. 

Everett, Hon. Meletiah, Wrcntham, Dec. 
26, in the 82d year of his age. He was 
born in a part of Wrcntham now included 
within the bounds of Foxborough, in 
June, 1777, grad. at B. U. in 1802; 
pursued his legal studies with the late 
Judge Wheaton, commenced practice in 
Atlleborough, subsequently removed to 
Foxborough, and finally to Wrcntham, 
where he has resided for the last twenty- 
five years. He has been a Representative 
to the General Court, and in 1841 and 
1842 was elected to the Senate, besides 
filling various offices in the town and 


Marriages and Deaths. 


county. His twin brother preceded him 
to the tomb only a few months. They 
had lived near each other for fourscore 
years. The subject of this notice was 
the last of seven brothers. Hon. Horace 
Everett, of Vermont, who died a few 
years since, was also one of the seven. 

Everett, Mrs. Dorothy, New Ipswich, 
N. H., Jan. 16, ae. 88, widow of David 
Everett, author of the celebrated poem 
commencing : 

" You'd scarce expect one of my age." 
She was a daughter of the late Isaac 
Appleton, of New Ipswich, one of the 
early settlers of that town. Mrs. Everett 
was the only surviving sister of Hon. 
Nathan Appleton, of this city, and of 
the late Samuel Appleton. The elder 
brother, Isaac Appleton, of Dublin, died 
at the age of 91 ; Mrs. Barrett, of N. I., 
78 ; Aaron Appleton, of Keene, N. II., 
83 ; Dr. Moses Appleton, of Waterville, 
Me., 80. - 

Fairchild, Rev. Joy Hamlet, South Bos- 
ton, Feb. 21, re. G9 yrs. 10 mos. (See 
Register, Vol. I., p. 156.) 

Gadsden, Gen. James, Charleston, S. C, 
Dec. 26, in the 71st year of his age. 
He was born in Charleston, May 15th, 
1788 ; was a brother of Bishop Gadsden. 
He served in the war of 1812, at its 
close was confidential Aid-de-Camp to 
Gen. Jackson, accompanied him in the 
Seminole war, was afterward Captain. 
The last public office he held was Min- 
ister to Mexico, under the appointment 
of President Pierce, in 1853. His treaty, 
by which he acquired the " Gadsden 
Purchase" for ten millions of dollars, 
was ratified by the Senate, and the ces- 
sion is now known as Arizona. 

Goodwin, John, Marblehcad, Dec. 4, 32. 
85 years, 8 months. 

Gregg, Milton, New Albany, Ind., Jan. 
4, 33. 54, editor of the New Albany 
Tribune. It is said he was the oldest 
editor in Indiana, having been connected 
with the profession thirty-five years. 

Hallam, Henry, London, England, Jan. 
22, 33. 81 ; the well-known author of the 
" History of Europe during the Middle 
Ages," &c. We learn from the London 
Times, that he was buried in Clevedon 
Church, in Somersetshire, where were 
buried also his wife and two sons, Arthur- 
Henry, who died in 1833, and to whose 
memory Tennyson dedicated "In Memo- 
riam," and Henry-Fitz-Maurice, who 
died in 1850. 

Hancock, John, Boston, Jan. 2, in the 
85th year of his age ; son of Ebenezer 
Hancock. He was born in Boston, Feb. 
22, 1774 ; was a nephew of the celebrated 
John Hancock, the first signer of the 
Declaration of Independence. 

Hawes, William T., Winthrop, Oct. 3, ae. 
53; a graduate of Brown University; a 

prominent manufacturer in New Bedford, 
and a son-in-law of Gov. Morton. 

Heath, Isaac, Mansfield, Dec. 29, in the 
86th year of his age, formerly of Brad- 
ford, Vt. 

Howe, Deacon Israel, Princeton, Jan. 12, 
33. 80 years, 9 months. 

Howlaxd, James, Jamestown, R. I., Jan. 
3, se. 100 years. He is said to have 
been the last of the Rhode Island slaves. 

Ixgiiam, Alexander, Brooklyn Centre, 
Ohio, Dec. 13, a3. 95 ; a soldier of the 

Johnson, Reynolds, East Lyme, Conn., 
Jan. 16, ae. 98 years and 6 months; a 
Revolutionary pensioner. He served as 
one of the Coast Guard between New 
London and the Connecticut River dur- 
ing the Revolutionary war. The last 
surviving male Revolutionary pensioner, 
it is said, in that town. 

Lewis, Elijah, Roxbury, Dec. 15, 33. 85 
years, 9 months. 

Lunt, Henry, Dorchester, March 4, 33. 
83. He was a native of Newburyport, 
and removed to Boston in 1809, where, 
for many years, he was a well-known 
merchant, of the firm of Lunt & Leach, 
lie pursued business on India wharf. 
The late Rev. William Parsons Lunt, of 
Quincy, was his eldest child. 

Main, Amos, Lowell, Jan. 21, 33. 89. He 
died at the residence of his son-in-law, 
E. F. Watson, Esq., and was buried in 
the old grave-yard on the hill-side, in 
Rochester, N. H., by the side of his 
ancestors. He was a grandson of Rev. 
Amos Main, the first settled minister of 
Rochester, and physician to all the sur- 
rounding settlements. His father, Josiah, 
was Town Clerk of Rochester for up- 
wards of thirty years. For thirty suc- 
cessive years Mr. Main was a teacher of 
schools in that town, commencing his 
first school at the age of sixteen. Of a 
family of ten children, but two survive. 

Makepeace, Dea. Lysander, Norton, 24 
Jan., as. 87 years, 5 months. He was 
born in Norton, 22 Aug. 1771 ; was the 
son of Peter 5 Makepeace, also born in 
Norton, on the same farm where his 
father, William 4 Makepeace, lived and 
died. The father of the latter was named 
William, 3 and lived in Taunton ; and 
his father's name was likewise William, 2 
the son of Thomas 1 Makepeace, who 
came from England, settled in Dorches- 
ter, in 1635, and d. at Boston in 1667; 
and who was the ancestor of all the 
Makepeaces in the United States. 

About 1794, he married Sarah Wild, 
who died 21 June, 1842. He married, 
for his second wife, Mrs. Eunice Sweet, 
wid. of the late John Sweet, Esq., of 
Norton, 18 April, 1847. 

He was chosen Deacon of the Congre- 
gational Church, in Norton, 1 April, 


l\Iarriages and Deaths. 


1803. At one time he was very largely 
engaged in the manufacture of cotton 
goods ; and for a long course of years 
was one of the most prominent am! use- 
ful citizens in his native town ; haying 
filled many important and responsible 
town olfioes. 

lie was ever cheerful and amiable in 
all his intercourse, and kind to even- 
one ; and through his long life exempli- 
fied, in a L r <>"d degree, his Divine Master, 
in going about doing L r <>od. w. m. 

Marshall, Jonas, Fitchburg, I> 81, as. 
90. He hft ten shares of the Fitchburg 
R a ilr oad, the income thereof t<> lie dis- 
tribnted among poor widows, ami those 
who have not called upon the town for 

Maboh, Mrs. Hannah, Starksboroogh, Vt., 
I)e<-. b, S3. 67 years, L0 days ; n i low of 
David Mason, .h-. 

She was the daughter of C • t. William 
Prescott, late of Northfleld, N. H., and 
sister to William Prescott, M D 
Concord, X. II. She was born in San- 
bornton, X. II., Nor. 28, 1791, and was 
of the sixth generation from Jan 
cott, who emigrated from England, and 
Settled in Hampton, X. II . about 1< 

She was m. to David Mason, Jr., of 
Northfleld, March 1<», 1818, by whom 
she had >ix children, and lived to 
them all married. Four of them survive 

In February', 1818, they remon 
Btarksborough, Vt., with the two chil- 
dren they then ha^l, while that section <>f 
the country was comparatively new, and 
for the most part a dense wildern 
consequently, they had to endure tin- 
privations incident to A 
the time of her death she had been a wid- 
ow ten years and Bix months. w. p, 

Mavo, Charles, Olatha, Kans 

2. S3. 50. He wa< a native of Brewster, 
Mass., where he was horn Feh. 10, 1 
In 1848, bams at that time a resident of 

Bo-ton, in the practice of the law, he 
became a member of the Historic Gen< a- 
logical Society, ami, in January, 1 
WSJ ir- Recording Secretary. 

This office he held by repeated elect 
till 1856, when he declined serving lon- 
ger, and the same year removed to Kan- 
sas, where he lias since resided. While at 
Boston he was a member of the Common 
Council of that city, for the years 1 854 
and 1855, and during the administration 
of Gov. Boutwell he filled the office of 
Inspector General of Fish for the State of 

McKexnet, Col. Thomas L., New York, 
Feb. 20, ae. 74. He was formerly 
Indian Agent, and wrote, some years 
ago, an interesting work on the Indians. 

Moulton, Miss Mary, Eve, N. H., Jan 
1st, ae. 94. 

Morx'TFOKT, Mrs. Mary Trull, New 
York, Oct. 1 ; wife of Judge N. B. 
Mount fort, formerly of Boston. Her 
remains were conveyed to this city and 
interred in the Granary Burial Ground. 

Nbwbll, Roy. Gad, Nelson, N. H., Feb. 
86, ae. «•('). lie was the earliest survi- 
ving graduate of Yale College, having 
taken hifl first degree in 1786. He 
for many years pastor of the Congl 
tional church in Nelson. 

1 1 irey, of Brooklyn, N. Y., 

Y. <\ 17-7, a.'. '.'.•;. now ranks as the 

earliest sunning graduate of that Col- 

N \t in academic age is Rer. 

Daniel Waldo, of the class '•!' 1788, a 

- dent in Syracuse, N. Y , and recently 
Chaplain of Congress. He has nearly 

mpleted his century. 

I, Wi'liam, Watertown, F 
7 -2 yrB. ."> m 

[O] b, Hon. Caleb, Plattsburg, Clinton 
\ J • I yrs. and 4 

mos. I [e was a resid mt of that ; 

over 60 ye ; 

Owbic, Robert, Newtown, Monmouth- 

sin i N • . 17, in the 88th V< ae of 

his age. At seven yrturs of age he 
usher, and at nine, under-master of an 

mentary school in bis native town of 
N wtown ; at eighteen, he becan 
partner in a cotton-spinning fat l 
employing forty men. lie afterward 
commenced the Chorlton Mills, near 
M in b< Jt< i'. Selling those, he t< 
with his partners, the celebrated New 
nark Mills, in Scotland, includii 
m <>f 1.")' i and upwards of 2 I 

inhabitants. This establishment he 
ducted for more than a quarter of a 
He is e lid to have been the 
founder of Infant Schools, an institution 
of this kind having gone into operation 
in X iw I. .mark, under his direction, in 
1816. lb' married a daughter of David 
le, of Glasgow. Mr. Owen had 
many disciples and followers, who sym- 
pathized with him in his great ol 
"to revolutionize peaceably the minds 
ami practice of the human race." But 
hifl sch re not alwai ?sful. 

A Bceptic a- regards religious revela- 
tion, he iras, nevertheless, a kind 
rted and truly benevolent man. He 
was father of Hon. Robert Dale Owen, 
late United States Minister at Napl 

Parkki:, Mrs. Elizabeth, Groton, Dec. 3d, 
ae. 92 yrs. 4 mos. She was the widow 
of the late Joshua Parker, of G., and 
daughter of the late Samuel Farley, of 
Andovcr. She was the mother of 13 
children, besides whom her descendants 
numhered 42 grand-children, and l ; 2 

Parker, Joseph, Nantucket, December 
4th, ae. 76. 

Perkins, Timothy E., Trov, N. Y., Dec. 


Marriages and Deaths. 


21, ae. 80. He was born in West Hart- 
ford, and was the last son of Rev. Dr. 
Perkins of that plaec. 

Pierce, William, Beverly, January 16th, 
ac. 84. 

Peescott, Joshua, Esq., Reading, Jan. 
1st, ae. 78., II. C. 1807 ; one of the old- 
est members of the .Middlesex liar. 

Pbbscott, William Sickling, Boston, 
Jan. 28, ae. 62. He was b. at Salem, 
May 4, 1796, being the son of Hon. 
William Preseott, and grandson of Col. 
William Preseott of revolutionary fame. 
He grad. at II. C. in 1814. AVhile at 
this institution, an accident deprived 
him of the use of one eye, and the other 
was afterwards impaired, so that he 
could make hut partial use of it ; but 
his perseverance enabled him to over- 
come these obstacles and to establish for 
himself a brilliant reputation as an his- 
torical writer. His works are, a Life of C. 
B. Brown, published in 1834 j History 
of Ferdinand and Isabella, in 1- 
The Conquest of .Mexico, in 1843 ; The 
Conquest of Peru, in 1S47; The Reign 
of Philip II., vols. 1 and 2 in 18.")."), vol. 
3 in 185S; and a volume of Miscella- 
nies. Various historical, literary and 
scientific societies noticed his death in 
an appropriate manner. 

Purdv, Margaret, Spencer, Tioga Co., 
N. Y., Nov. 9th, 1857, ae. 106 years. 
She was a native of the County of West 
Chester, N. Y. — was married in 1773. 
Her husband was killed in the Revolu- 
tionary War, in the year 1777. She 
had been a widow upwards of so years ; 
had lived in the town of Spencer about 
50 years. 

Richards, James, Camden, Me., Dec. 
29, ae. 93 yrs. 11 mos. .Mr. 11. was one 
of the pioneer settlers of his town. In 
his decease Camden has lost its " oldest 
inhabitant. " 

Richardson, Hon. James, Dedham, June 
7, in the 87th year of his age. Mr. 
Richardson was born in Medfield, Mass., 
in Oct, 1771,— grad. at II. C. 1797, — 
studied law with the celebrated Fisher 
Ames, of Dedham, and at the expiration 
of three years became a partner with 
him. This connection was dissolved by 
the death of Mr. Ames on the morning 
of the 4th of July, 1808. On that day, 
Mr. Richardson, by request, delivered 
an oration, in " commemoration of 
American Independance," in which he 
appropriately "alludes to the sad event 
of the morning." Mr. R. filled, faith- 
fully, many stations of public trust. In 
1822, he was chosen President of the 
Norfolk Bar, which position he honora- 
bly held till his decease. A discourse 
has been published on the life and char- 
acter of Mr. R., delivered by his pastor, 
Rev. Alvan Lamson, D. D., June 27th. 

Salisbury, Deacon Duty, Pascoag, R. I., 
Jan. 12th, rn his 94th year. 

Sanborn, Dr. Nathan, Ilennikcr, N. H.. 
Dee. 15, ae. G7 yrs., 9 mos., 8 days, 
lie was born in Sanbornton, N. H., 
March 7, 1791 ; was a son of Ebenezer 
and Huldah (Philbrick) Sanborn, and 
one of a family of nine children. A 
younger brother, Simeon Sanborn, of 
Plymouth, N. H., still survives him. 
He was of the seventh generation. 1, 
John, of Derbyshire, England. 2, 
Lieut. John, of Hampton, N. H. 3, 
Richard. 4, Ens. John, of North Hamp- 
ton, N. II. 5, P^bcnezcr. 6, Ebenezer. 
7, Nathan, the subject of this notice, 
who married Sens Lancaster, daughter 
of Thomas Lancaster, of Sanbornton, 
Sept. 1816 ; >he was horn, May 29, 1797. 
Deacon Daniel Sanborn, b. Feb. 17, 
17(>->, and Ebenezer, a younger brother, 
grandfather of Dr. Nathan, inherited the 
paternal estate at North Hampton. Ens. 
John, father of Ebenezer, sen., b. Nov. 
G, 1081, m. Sarah Philbrick, and had 
fourteen children. Ens. John encoun- 
tered many serious difficulties with the 
Indians ; he was a man of great industry, 
and strict integrity of character. He 
died Sept. 3, 1727, in the 46th year Of 
his age. Ebenezer Jr., father of Dr. 
Nathan, removed from North Hampton 
to Sanbornton, soon after his marriage, 
in 177"). lie died inl820. Dr Nathan 
read medicine with Dr. Ichabod Shaw, 
of Moultonborough, N. II. ; took up his 
residence in Ilennikcr in May, 1816, 
where he continued until his decease. 
He received his medical degree at Dart- 
mouth College, in 1834. He was chosen 
Recording Secretary of the Sanborn 
Genealogical Society, organized at Man- 
chester, X. IL, Oct.* 5, 1853, and on him 
devolved the duty of preparing a gene- 
alogy of the Sanborn family, nineteen 
pages of which was published in the July 
and October numbers of the Register for 
1856. Since that time he has labored 
with increasing interest to extend and 
perfect the work. He had secured and 
duly arranged nearly 2500 names, and 
hoped to have published the work this 
spring, in a volume of from 150 to 200 
pages. i>- h. s. 

Sargent, Mrs. Nancy, Boston, Nov. 17th, 
ae. 80 years, widow of Joseph Sargent. 

Sargent, Capt. John, Maiden, Dec. 7th. 
ae. 71 yrs., 4 mos., 17 days. 

Sawter, Dr. Samuel, Cambridge, Jan. 
4th, suddenly, of lung fever, ae. 54. He 
grad. H. C. 1826; was respected as a 
teacher, physician and citizen. 

Severance, 'Daniel, Northfield, January 
22, ae. 93. He was of the adjoining 
town of Gill. 

Siiattuck, Lemuel, Boston, Jan. 17th, 
ae. 65. He was b. at Ashby, Mass., 


Marriages and Deaths. 


Oct. 15. 1793, and was a son of John 
and Betsey (Miles) Shattuck. His 
parents removed to New Ipswich, X. II., 
■when lie -was in his <ir>t year. Here, 
and in the adjoining towns, he resided 
during his minority and until 1815 U I 
fanner, manufacturer, and school teach* 
er. In 1817, he resided in Troy and 

Albany. N. Y., and in 1818 to 1 822 in 

1 1 troit, Mich., at ■ teacher ; in i v - 
i 383 a ( ' i a merchant ; 

in 1834 in Cambrid bookseller; 

and after i s ". i in Boston, as ■ publisher 
and bookseller until his retirement from 
n gular business. While at Detroit in 
181 8, I used there the first v 

bath School opened in Michigan. In 
1844 he was one of five persons, of 
whom ( Iharl l r, Samuel G. 1 '■ 
William II. Montague and .J. Wii 
Thornton were the others, who pro- 
jected and organized tl and 
Historic < renealogtcal S Be was 
cb Bret 1 ' Inch 
office la- held for He wa- 
also i member of the A 
ticsJ Association, (of which he \ 
one of the founders,) of the American 
Antiquarian and Massachusetts Histor- 
ical Societies, as well as of various 
literary and benevolent associations. 
!!■- first work was I 
cord, M published at B ton in 
1835, winch was followed at interval- by 
others of ■ kindred chai I lis last 

work, entitled " Memorial- of the dc- 
Ddantfl of William Shattnek," and 
published at Boston in 1855 in an o< I 
of 414 pages, i- one of the most thorough 
1 works that has appeared. 
A li-t of hi> publications will be found 
in tin- work, to which we have been in- 
d< bted for many of these details. 

Mr. Shattuck was ■ member of the 
( I Sound] of Boston from i v 

1841, when he declined a re-election. 

He ha- also been for several year- ■ rep- 

ntative from Boston to the Mi 
chui ttfl I I ' .1 ( 'ourt. 

Shi BBUBin . Mrs. Sally, Wrenthi l 1 

•'i; widow of William Sherburne. 
She left ten children, forty-five -rand- 
children, and thirty - .ndchild- 
SteakkS, Bd _ ail, Bedford, Dec. 2, 
in the 83d year of her 5 was 
widow of Rev. Samuel Steam-, formerly 
a minister in Bedford ; was the eldest 
daughter of Rev. Jonathan French, for 
many years pastor of the South Church 
in Andover, and of Abigail (Richards) 
French, his wife ; was horn at Andover, 
May 29th, 1776; married to Rev. Mr. 
Stearns May 9, 1797. He died Dec. 
26th, 1S34, ae. 65. See Bee. vol. i., p. 
45, and Thayer's Family Memorial, pp. 
64-66, for a brief account of the family, 

giving also the names and time of birth 
of the children, thirteen in number, 
eleven of whom attained a mature age. 
Eight of these remain. The mother had 
the gratification, on her eightieth birth- 
day, of meeting her children, at her own 
house, with many of her grandchildren, 
and four descendants of the third gen- 
eration. She was a woman of most 
estimable character, eminent for her 
wisdom, faithfulness, and christian be- 

Stickhbt, Samuel, Portsmouth, N. II., 

dan. 1-t. ae. 6 1. 

Sk.w, Capt William, Conway, 28th 
v l. 

Tenhbt, M »wn, dan. 18, 

- : the lather of Hon. M dYnney, 

8 I rcr. 

Tn wii a, Adam ">'• B *ton, 

. 15th, in the 79th y< ar of his age. 
He was I native of Hingham. He 
the first P nt of the Mechanics' Mu- 

tual Eire Insurance Company in Boston, 
which was incorporated in i v ."a'>. This 
office he retained till 1855, when lu- 
re;, m business. Son 
-nice, ! the town of Hingham ■ 
large and valuable tract of land i 
c< m« tery. 

Tn iter. Miss < D 

5th, I yre. l" nio-. 13 days. She 

waa a daughter of the i 

Esq., (born 19th Feb. 1743, died May 

\ Imiralty 
I Boston, under Hi- Maj< 

HI., the time of the Amcr 
l: volution. It will be remembered that 
Mr Thai i r, in virti d office, ar- 

• d John El k, ow ncr of the - 

Liberty, on the 3d 1768. Hil 

•. and badge of office are in 
the keeping of the Dorchester Antiqua- 
rian and Historical Society. See II it. 
I l p. 322. Aci ording to "Thay« 

i nl," Arodi was the 

D of < rideon, the - Richard, who 

was rrandson of Richard, of Bos* 

ton, the first of the name in New Eng- 

Thomas, Beth, Plymouth Hollow, Conn., 
Jan . 7.'). Mr. Thomas was one 

of the earliest manufacturers of clock- in 
• nnecticut. II<- had amassed a for- 
tune, but - accustomed to 
employ himself at the work-bench. 

Thompso Middleborough, I 

2d, a<-. 

Tdthill, Mrs. Judith, Hoboken, X. J,, 
Jan. 4, in the B5th year of her age. 

Wa i i.i;ma\, Hon. Araunah, Montpelier, 
Vt., Jan. 31, ae. 80. He • .a of 

Araunah and Hannah (Liffingwell) 
Waterman, and was born in Norwich, 
Conn., Nov. 8, 1778. Early in lif 
removed with his father to Johnson, Vt., 
and was one of the first settlers of that 


Genealogies ■, Histories , ($*c. 


town. He had no advantages of educa- 
tion, except what was afforded him at 
the common school-, being engaged in 
an active and laborious life, yet by his 
native energy and force of intellect, he 
acquired a greater amount of knowledge 
of the arts and sciences, of civil and po- 
litical history, than is often found among 

those who nave been educated at our 
highest seminaries of Learning. Be rep- 
)• rented the town of Montpelier in the 
Legislature of Vermont ; was a member 
of the old Counsel, also of the Council 
of Censors, and the first Senator of the 
County under the present State constitu- 
tion. He was subsequently elected a 
Judge of the County Court, which office 
he declined. 

Mr. W. was a descendant of Robert 
Waterman, who arrived in this country 
in L63j6 — married Elizabeth Bourne, 
Dee. u, 1638 — settled in Marehfield, 
Mass., where lie died Dec. It), 1652. 
Thomas, Ins third son, one of the thirty 
purchasers of Norwich, Conn., married 
Miriam Tracy, in 1668. i ■ w. 

Weld, Ebenezer, .Jamaica Plain, W. Rox- 
bury, Feb. 7th, ae. 83. 

WhitMORE, Charles Stephen, drowned 
near Tahiti, Oct. 1 7th, ae. 25 ; eldest 
sou of the late St-'|, hen Whit more, jr., 
of Roxbury, formerly of Salem. 

Whitmore, Miss Mary, Newburyport, 

Dec. 9th, ae. 67. 

Whitmore, .Miss Susan, Belleville, New- 
buryport, 28 Feh. ae. 65. 
Whittemore, E. I-\, an eminent banker 

of Toronto, died February r.ith. The 
New York Journal of Commerce Bays, 
he was one of the mosl prominent 
business men in Western Canada, and 

widely known both in and out of the 

Whittemore, Mrs. Susanna F.. New 
York, March 6th, ae. 51 years li mo-. 21 
days; wife of Thomas J. Whittemore, of 
Cambridge, Ma--. She died of typhus 
fever, after a week's illness, while on a 
visit at the residence of J. Smith llo- 
mans, Esq. 

She was daughter of Darius Board- 
man, of Boston, and Susannah Adams, 
of. Quincy; her grandfather was Peter 
Boylsron Adams," who was brother to 
the elder John Adams, 2d President of 
U. S., and her gr. grandfather was John 
Adams, father to Samuel Adams, of the 
Revolutionary times. 

Wiggins, Benjamin, Pome, N. Y., Dec. 
26, ae. To. He was a native of Orange 
Co. In 1ST.), he removed to the town 
of Pome, and -ettled oil the Floyd load, 

some four or five miles from the village 

of Rome, where he resided until the day 
of hi- death. About forty years ago, he 
Bettled upon a place that was little bet- 
ter than ahowling wilderness, lb' lived 
to Bee the forest disappear, and the vil- 
lage of Rome increase from a hamlet to 
a large and thriving village. 
Wright, Deacon Amos, Brighton, Nov. 
•j."-, ae. 7:. yrs. :; mos. 6 day-. lb' was 
born a; Concord, August 1'.'. 1783, son 
of Amos, and grandson of Amos, all of 
Concord. Funeral Bervices were eon- 
ducted at the First Church, Brighton, 
Sunday afternoon, the 28th, in place of 
the regular public worship, by his Pas- 
tor, Rev. Frederick A. Whitney, and 
with Masonic ceremonies at Evergreen 
Cemetery, Brighton, by Deputy Grand 
Master I •, of Newton. P. A. w. 


Historical Collections relative to Springfield, Mass. — Mr. Charles 
Stearns of Springfield commenced, several months since, the labor of collecting 
facts in relation to S., and has made considerable progress in it. His design 
is to make a record of everything of any considerable importance in relation to 
the origin and progress of that town and city : including the date of building 
of every honse, store, and otber structure worth noting, where located, by whom 
built, the owners when built, the present owners, the present occupants, and, as 
far as practicable, the intermediate owners. Also, the date of building of each 
of the churches, schoolhouses, &c, with the names of the principal individuals 
who aided in their erection. Also, the date of the opening of the several streets 
and avenues, with the names of the projectors. Also, the names of the promi- 
nent public men, designating the offices they held, and in this class the county 
will be included. Also, the date of the death of every individual who has de- 
ceased there, with such other matters of interest as can be gathered from the 
public records and reliable private information. Also, the statistics of the busi- 
ness of the place as it has been developed from time to time. Also, brief bio- 
graphical and genealogical notices of such persons as have made their mark 

188 Genealogies, Histories. §*c. [April, 

there. As this plan, if carried out, will involve much labor, and as much of the 
information must be derived from private sources, he will be obliged to rely on 
the concurrence and aid of all he may call on for such information as they 

Boutelle's Family Registers. — Mr. John A. Boutelle of Woburn, Mass., 
has for several yean past been engaged in executing, with the pon, ornamental 
Family Charts, suitable for framing. Wo have seen several prepared by him, 
which wore very handsomer? done: and we can Bafely recommend him to tb 
who desire such charts. His usual plan is to irive the families of the sei 
ancestors of the individual to the immigrant progenitors, in both the paternal and 
the maternal lines. Whore the ancestry of the person is not known, he will 
trace it from public records, when pracuc ind, in such research, he lias 

generally been fuL When desired, he will furnish a hook, to accompany 

the chart, containing written copies of wills, deeds, &c., o( the early Bl 

Among those who have employed him in this business, maybe named, Hon. 
1 1 ■ j ■ 8. Bool ; 1 ion. Rufus I ; 1 Ion. 

Newell A. Thompson; Hon. Charles Th mpson; Lewis R , 1 [. (of the Ameri- 
can House, ] I larl - B. Johm 

Babson*! Histoei or G be, M kss. M '"• John J. Babson of ( 

ter, ;i member oft N • E ; . ric-Genealogical Society, read before 

tin- ig, Mar '-' 185 '. I chapter from his forthcoming 

history or Glon which he announc I and ready for 
the print 

Proposed Hii i or Leicester two Gaedeee, Hats. — Th< 

Transcript learns th vernor Washburn is en_r ijvd in preparing a history 

of L . M — with full genealogies — to oc ir hundred pages in all. 

It learn-, also, that ■ lady in Gardner is about publishing a history of that town; 
and similar enterprises art- p d in other towns m W..: I "oiinty. 

Pa'i« ii Family. — Mr. Ira J, P in wriii. I 

ealogy of the family bearing hi- . 

Thi Swift < ■'. m li oei — mentioned jnour tal 

from the best authority, is still in maniu Mr. Iv. K. Swift 

of Chicago, 111., but it will p . be publish 

HlSTOET OF Win: ' ;\ — Dr. Henry K. S lefl No. 1 Wall NeW 

York] - • to publish, by ption only, s history of Windsor, Ct, with 

extensive gene It will make a volum i hundr i — 

price three dollars. We venture to predict that the work will be well done. 

Connecticut Histoeical Colli , — The Connecticut Historical 

ciety intends shortly to publish the first volum tions, which 

will contain matter of an interesting nature, throw;: light upon var 

portions of the early history of th . Among I which it 

expected to contain, are unpublished letters of Hook< r and Winthrop, reprints of 
several rare pamphlets concern inecticut, a journal kept during thi 

of fLouisburg, by I. it G I Mr. Deming'a recent add: 

at the presentation of Putnam's battle-sword to the society. 

New Hatch and Hartford Two Hum>Ecn and Twenti Years Aeo. — In 

1G38, David Pieterz De Vries made his third voyage to America I N '< . r- 

land. In the journal of his adventures, lie gives one of the earliest outside 
accounts of the infant plantations of New Haven and Hartford; and although we 
can see that our worthy navigator has fallen into some errors, we recognize an 
air of honesty in his narrative. A translation of De Vries's account of his three 
voyages has been made by Hon. II. C. Murphy, and privately printed by the 
liberality of Mr. James Lenox of New York, in a quarto volume of two hundred 
pages, of which only two hundred and fifty copies in all were published. 

Map or New Amsterdam, 1GG1. — "Mr. Moore, librarian of the New York 
Historical Society," says the New York Journal of Commerce of Feb. 12, lco'J, 

1859.] Genealogies, Histories, fyc. 189 

"in turning over the ponderous catalogue of the British Museum, recently dis- 
covered the title of a map of 'New Amsterdam,' dated 1661, and consequently 
thirty years older than any before known to our local antiquaries, and took 
measures to obtain a copy. The name of the draughtsman is not given, but the 
map is supposed to have been prepared after the measurements of Jacques Cor- 
teylou, who enjoyed the dignity of surveyor at that cloudy epoch of our history. 
Nothing definite can be learned of its origin, or of the steps by which it passed 
into the treasure-house of the British Museum; but of its authenticity — as the 
late is perfectly legible — there is no reasonable doubt/' 

Proposed Genealogies of the (, and other Families. — Rev. John 
A. Vinton of South Boston, the compiler of tin,' "Vinton Memorial," issued in 
Boston some months since, has in preparation a memoir of the descendants of 
Edward Giles of Salem, 1634, with notices of other families bearing the name 
of Giles, particularly of Thomas Giles of Pemaquid, who was killed there by the 
Indians in 1689, and of his descendants; including, also, sketches of the Linda]], 
Jennison, Marshall, and other families. The volume will be one of much interest, 
as connected with scenes in the Old Indian, French, and Revolutionary wars. 
It will be printed as soon as sufficient encouragement for the same shall be 
afforded to the compiler. In the meantime, he will feel greatly obliged for any 
additional information respecting any of these faun 

John Clarke's Widow. — Mr. Collin, the historian of Newbury, thinks there 
is an error in the Probate Records copied in the last Register (p. 15, 1. 17) where 
the widow of Dr. John Clarke is called Elizabeth, "Dr. John Clarke," he writes, 
" made his will in August, 1664, and died prior to Nov. '2.'}, 1664. In the first 
part of his will he says, 'Vnto my wife Martha Clarke? and in the last part he 
says, 'I ordain Marina, my wife, sole Executrix;' and yet, after his death, it is 
said, ' Elizabeth Clarke deposed Feb. 3, l664-#5 to this inventory of her late hus- 
band Mr. John Clarke,' &C. Now I know that Dr. John Clarke had a wife 
Martha, as I have seen her Dame affixed to deeds m 1651 and 1(157. She was 
living at the tune of his death. Ergo, Elizabeth was not his wife unless he had 
two wives." 

Curious Double Dating. — On the tombstone of Rev. James Noyes, copied 
in the January number, p. '-'7, tin" date of his death is given " Decbr ye 30 
1719-20." The person who prepared the inscription perhaps thought the year 
by new style commenced on Christmas day, Dec. 25 : but such a mistake is a 
little singular, as the almanacs then printed began the year in January. It was 
an ancient English custom to begin the year at Christmas, but it had not then 
been in use for a long time. 

Boston Ministers, [JVote omitted on p. 131). — It is evident that these verses 
were written as late as the date affixed (1774), for Rev. Mr. Parker was not settled 
at Trinity Church till May 19 of that year. The other ballad, which Mr. Loring 
quotes, must have been composed earlier, since Rev. Messrs. Moorhead and 
Bowen are there referred to as Boston ministers, the former of whom died in 
1773, and the latter was dismissed in 177*2. 

East Haddam, Ct. — We have received a copy of two historical sermons 
preached by Rev. Isaac Parsons of East Haddam, Ct, in 1841. They contain 
considerable relative to the history of that town, and refer to Rev. Dr. Field's 
history of the towns of East Haddam and Haddam, as containing a more full 
detail of facts. 

Parsons. — Joseph and Benjamin Parsons of Springfield were brothers — Joseph 
died Oct. 9, 1G83, and Benjamin died Aug. 24, 1689. Can any person tell the 
date and place of their birth ? 

One Philip Parsons settled in Enfield, Ct., before 1697. Was he the same 
person named among the passengers for Virginia, who embarked 23d June, 1635, 
in the America from Gravesend, as stated in Hist. & Gen. Reg., vol. 3, p. 388 ? 

Joseph Parsons, aged 18, embarked for Virginia, in the Transport of London, 
4th July, 1635. Where did he settle ? 

Samuel Parsons died in East Hampton, L. I., July 6, 1714, aged 84. Where 
was he born, and where did he reside previous to 1648 ? S. H. P. 

190 Genealogies, Histories, fyc. [April, 

Massachusetts Muster Rolls during the War of 1812. — A message 
was received from the Governor of Massachusetts, Feb. 1!>, ISoi*, in reply to an 
order from the House calling for information as to the muster rolls of the militia 
of Massachusetts during the late war with Great Britain. The governor states 
that these rolls were at an early date transferred to the government at Washing- 
ton, and are now in possession of the Department of War. The government 
declines to surrender the rolls, on the ground that they were received as vouchers 
in refunding money paid to the troops by the State. The government also de- 
clines to furnish copies, on the ground that the clerical force of the department 
would be insufficient to make copies for all the States, and were it otherwise, the 
constant use of the rolls in preparing evidence of the services of claimants for 
land grants, under the several acts of Congress on the subject of military boun- 
ties, rendered it impossible that copies should be made. The messago was laid 
on the table and ordered to be printed 

Lawiw.nck. — John Lawrence, Esq. of Woodbury, was married to Mary Ann 

Wa, lddl. the 24th January, I79& 

John Lawrence, Esq. of Woodbury, died on the fourth day of November, 180fi, 

and was buried m Burlington (N. J.) church vard. — Extracted from the fiimily 

record of ike BibU. Philadelphia: Cany. 1-01. G. B. O'C. 

BaSBTOBD FAMILY. — Tho:i. - B Bhford born Sept. 2, 1781? Harriet Myers 

was burn March l'.Mh. 17- 1. This couple were married, by the Ete\ . Dr. Pbu 
Dec. 14th, L80a Their children were— 1. Phmbe Ann, b. Sept 18, 1804; 
2. Eliza Harriet, b. Aug. 24, 1808, d. Sept.22, 1809; & Eliza Harriet, b. 12th 
Nov. 1810; 1. Corsa Aldine, b. May 13th, 1811; 5. Mary Totten, b. Octob. 19th, 
1813; 6. Thorn i 1'.. b. April 6th, 1814; 7. George O., b. March 19th, 1821; 
8. Phebe Ann, b, March 10, 1824.— Record in fhrnfy Bible. E. B. O'C. 

R. I. Ri :oiai k \ thin EIkpost. — The fifth registration report to the General 
Assembly of Rhode Island, prepared by John K. Bartlett, Esq., Secretary of 

State, i- ;i c early planned work, containing ■ great variety of interesting tacts. 
We note that the different town clerks who make their returns, receive due praise 

or reproof, and this nmot but tend to secure in increased care on their 


Proposed Gbrealooi of BaawsTsa. — Rev. Ashbel Steele has been for a 
long time engaged in preparing the genealogy of the Brewster family. 

Pains Pahtli Rkoistzs. — The seventh number of this work was issued at 
Albany, Jan. 1, 1^5! ». 

(ii nkai.ogy of the Bliss Family. — Sylvester Bliss, of Boston, has nearly 
Completed, and will put to pre- i m as there is sufficient encouragement, a 

genealouv of this family, principally the descendants of Thomas Bliss, who died 
at Hartford in 10'40. 

Perkins. — We are pleased to learn that a descendant of Col. Thomas II. 
Perkins, (who touchingly wrote that it would have given him infinite pleasure to 
have known more of his father's early life, — See Reg., x., 201,) has caused re- 
searches to be made for his ancestry, which has resulted in tracing the family of 
the seventeenth century in this country. This is praiseworthy, and the results 
we hope may be published. 

We are informed, also, that one of the name in Hartford, Ct., perfectly compe- 
tent, has it in contemplation to give us a complete genealogy and history of the 
Perkins family, or at least of the Connecticut branch. 

Essex County Families. — We learn from Joshua Coffin, of Newbury, Mass., 
author of the history of that town, that he has extensive genealogical collectiors 
concerning the early settlers of Essex county, which give him great facilities for 
tracing families that originated there. 

Plymouth Burial Hill — Its Epitaphs and History. — William S. Russell 
of Plymouth, Mass., author of the "Guide to Plymouth" and "Pilgrim Me- 

1859.] Payments. 191 

morial," proposes to publish, should sufficient encouragement be ffiven, a volume 
containing an exact copy of the epitaphs on the ancient Burial Hill of Plymouth, 
being 1 nearly two thousand in number, with appropriate notes and engravings. 
The work will contain from 250 to 300 pages, printed and bound in good style, 
at one dollar a copy. 

Inscription on the Tombstone of Andrew Osborne, * in St. George's 

Chapel, Windsor, En<r. — " Here under lyeth the Body of the Wor. ANDREW 
OSBORNE, Gent, late Master of the Wor. Company of the Merchant-Taylors, 
London, who first took to wife Alice Stratford, of Francott, in the County of 
Gloucest., Gent., by wliomc he had divers children, whereof now living three 
Sonnes, John, Edward and Charles; and one Daughter, Alice: Secondly, 
took to wife, Margaret Carye^ with whom lie liv'd in Love and peaceful Day.-, 10 
Years, and departed this Life, the '21st of December, Anno Domini, 1614." — Ilisi. 
and Antiq. of Windsor (Eton, 1749), p. 386. j. h. t. 

•< —•••- ► 

Payments. — Payments for the Register, for 1858, have been received from the fol- 
lowing persons, in addition to those printed in the January number: Alton, III., lion. 
Robert Smith, (for 1857 and 1858;) Bosto , J. P. Healy, Oliver Carter, J. W. Wright, 
Francis Brinley; Columbus, Ohio, W. \Y. .Mather, (for 1857 and 1858;) Dedham, Alvan 
Lamson ; Jamaica Plain, Win. II. Sumner; Philadelphia, John Haseltine; Rocky Hill, 
Conn., Henry Bulkley, (1857;) >t. Louis, Mo., James L.Gage; Washington, Nathan 
Sargent, J. T. Adams; Worcester, E. II. Bemmenway. 

For 1859: — 'Albion, N. )'., Leml. C. Paine; Boston, Thomas Waterman, Aaron 
Sargent, John M. Bradbury, J. W. Warren, Joseph Palmer, Elizabeth Child, Emily 
IM. Adams, J. W. Parker, .Jo-. W. Plimpton, Nathl. Emerson, Winslow Lewis, John 
Bryant, W. II. Prescott, Nathan Appleton, James F. Baldwin, Mrs. Daniel P. Parker, 
Lemuel Shaw, David Sears, William Parsons, C. F. Adams T. C. Smith, Robert C. 
Winthrop, Alexander Beale, G. W. Messinger, David A. Boynton, Wm. M. Lathrop, 
J. Gardner White, Samuel Walker, Ephraim Nate, T. C. Amory, Jr., F. Pearson, 
S. E. Sewall, T. A. Neal, Lyman Mason, Boston Library, Henry Rice, Henry Davenport, 
S. T. Farwell, John Aiken, John Stevens, Philip Kelly, J. II. Wilkins, Jos. L. Richards, 
Charles Adams, Jr., Increase S. Tarbox, J. K. Hall, Francis A. 11. ill, Zelotes Hosmer, 
Edward s. Erving, Charles K. Jewett; Brighton, F. A. Whitney; Buffalo, N. Y., 
Lorenzo K. Haddock; Brooklyn, N. )'., J. M. Bradstreet ; Burlington, Rev. Samuel 
Sewall; Bridgewater, Williams Latham; Beverly, Andrew T. Leach; Bolton, Conn., 
LavinsHyde; Charlestoum, Thomas B. Wyman, Jr. ; Cambridge, George tavermore ; 
Cleveland, (>., James Wade, Jr., A. S. Sanford, Wm. A. Otis; Dedham, Calvin Guild; 
Duxburi/, Joseph F. Wadsworth ; Franklin, Conn., Ashbel Woodward, A. B. Smith; 
Gloucester, John J. Babson ; Groton, Joshua Green ; Hampton, Conn., Jonathan Clarke ; 
Bingham, Joseph Richardson; Hopkinton, A'. //.. Dyer II. Sanborn; Jamaica Plain, 
Luther M. Harris, Catharine P. Curtis; Jersey City, Solomon Alofsen; Lynnfield, 
Josiah Newhall ; /. nox, Henry W. Taft ; Manhattanvule, N. )", T. M. Peters ; Marietta, 
Ohio, S. P. Hildreth; Natick, Austin Bacon; New York, A. B. Knowlton, James S. 
Rockwell, W. J. Ward, C. W. Frederickson, J. E. Bulkley, Oliver Hoyt, W. E. 
Warren, Horatio N. Otis, John II. Redfield, Norman F, Edgerly ; New Haven, Conn., 
Henry White; Northampton, Henry Bright ; Pawtucket, II. I., Wm. Tyler; Portsmouth, 
N. a., Ammi R. H. Fernald; Quincy, Wm. S. Pattee, Jonathan Marsh; Quincy, 111., 
Willard Keyes, Charles II. Howland, John Wood, 0. H. Browning; Randolph, 
Ebenezer Alden; Springfield, Oliver 1>. Morris, James W. Crooks; St. Pauls, Min., 
Wm. H. Kelley; Troy, N. Y, Jonathan Edwards; Tipton, Iowa, W. H. Tuthill; 
Waltham, J. B. Bright; W. Brattltborough, Vt., Samuel Clark; Woburn, Bowen 
Buckman, Nathan Wyman ; Woonsocket, R. L, Ira B. Peck; Worcester, Alexander H. 
Wilder; Zancsville Athena urn, Ohio. 

Errata. — In the Perkins Genealogy, vol. 10, p. 215, line 1, for John, 3 read John, 4 
and in same line, for Dea. Thomas, read Elislia. 3 

* An abstract of his will (which is now in the library of the Connecticut Historical 
Society) was published in the Register, Vol. XII., p. 131. 


Officers of the Society. 


Officers of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society 

for the Year 1859. 

ALMON D. HODGES, Esq., of Roxbury, 

Mi i in' . 
Nt 10 Hampshire. 


Bio I 



North Carolina 
- \h Carolina 



Hon. IIidson of Lexington. 
Hon. John Applbtoh of Bangor. 
li •:. Samiki. 1). Bill of Manchester. 
Hi mm ( 'i. irk, Esq., of Poultney. 
Jons Bibstow, Esq., of Providence. 
Est. F. W. Chapu v\ of Bllinj 

Honorary Vico-Prosidents, 
Hon. Millard Fillmore of Buffalo. 
Hon. Joseph C. Hornblowerof Newark. 
Hon. Samuel Brock of Philadelphia. 
S. 1 B< ler, Esq., of Baltkaoro. 
Edward Kidder, Esq., of Wilmington. 
l; '.. Thomas Smyth, 1>. I)., of Charleston. 
lion. Elijah Bayward of McConnellsville. 
Hon. Lewii I Detroit 

Hon. Ballard Smith of Cannelton. ' 

Hon. John WentWOIth of Chicag 

Cyrm Woodman, Esq., of Mineral Point. 
Rt. Bar. Henry W. Lee, D. D., of J» 

Corresponding Secretary, 
John Wajud ^( Boston. 

Recording Secretary, 
Rev. Caleii Dayii B&ADLSI of North Cambridge. 

Isaac Child of Boston. 

"William B. Trask of Dorchester. 

JosEm Palmer, M. D., of Boston. 

Standing Committees : 

On the Library. 
Rev. Alonzo II. Quint of Jamaica Plain. 
Samuel Burnham of Jamaica Plain. 
Thomas Waterman of Boston. 
J. Gardner "White of Boston. 
Wm. B. Trask of Dorchester, (ex officio). 

On Finance. 
"William Makepeace of Boston. 
Jeremiah Colburn of Boston. 
"William E. Baker of Boston. 
Thomas J. Whittemore of Cambridge. 
Isaac Child of Boston, (ex officio). 

On Publication. 

"William B. Trask of Dorchester. 
"William H. "Whitmore of Boston. 
John "Ward Dean of Boston. 



Vol. XIII. JULY. 1859. No. 3. 


The gleaner after Willis or Williamson in the history or antiquities of 
Maine is not likely to gather " handfuls," as did Ruth in the field of 
Boaz ; but there is a story of the primitive days of Casco Bay — an episode 
— not unworthy of consideration perhaps, though unnoticed by those ven- 
erable pioneers in Maine history. 

One of the ancient worthies of the Old Bay State was also a somewhat 
noted character in Maine, in later colonial times, and lie is still remem- 
bered as the author of one or two tracts. In one of his melancholy strains 
over the fancied degeneracy of the Puritan Commonwealth, and her con- 
sequent judicial afflictions, among which he specially notes rattlesnakes 
and witches, he declared them to be so fixed on that heaven-forsaken 
land and people that even the reptiles would not swim the Merrimack, 
and the witches would never play off their diabolisms " east of the Pis- 

We may imagine the relief the sorrow-stricken Puritan might have felt, 
had he known that the venomous snakes had really passed the bounds of 
the faithful, and coiled in the very midst of Episcopal territory on the 
Kennebeck. According to Williamson, this particular stripe of the 
" cursed above all cattle " has never been seen east of this river, nor in 
Europe, Asia, or Africa; so that there is no substantial discrepancy be- 
tween these early and later authorities on this point in our natural history. 
Let us do justice to Mr. Scottow's accuracy. Here we may mention 
another remarkable fact given by Williamson, i. 133, about the Maine 
bear — that " before it retires in November it gums up, as the hunters call 
it, by taking into its stomach a quantity of gum and turpentine as large as 
a man's fist." This is not corroborated by Scottow. But, happily for us, 
there rests not a shade over the other item in Scottow's eulogy on Maine ; 
in this he 

" writ your annals true," 

and it is just cause for satisfaction that they are not the annals of witch- 

In the list of authorities cited by the historian of Maine, we do not find a 
very rare work which we have lately seen for the first time. Its title we give 
below,* because it shows the views of the learned and good at that period 

* " A Modest Enquiry | Into the Nature of | WITCHCRAFT | and | How Per 
sons Guilty of that Crime | may be Convicted : And the means | used for their Dis- 


194 Witchcraft in Maine. [July, 

on a subject which had absorbed and distracted the public — every mind — 
with anguish. 

An anecdote narrated in this volume well illustrates the striking influ- 
ence which a single event, or one word from a wise man's lips, may 
sometimes exert on the character and history of a community; and Maine 
may, perhaps, attribute her exemption from the witchcraft madness that 
blasted other communities to the intelligence and decision of the Rev. 
Robert Jordan of Spurwink, Maine, in suppressing the delusion at the 
outset, at the first attempt to practice this villany in that Province. 

The first witchcraft case in New England was at Charlestown, in 1648, 
and the victim was a neighbor of Mr. Hale's, then in his boyhood. He 
was a son of Deacon Robert Hale, who may have taken an active part in 
the prosecution. He says that he heard much of what was charged on 
that sufferer and others in those times, and that u the reverence he bore 
to aged, learned, and judicious persons caused him to drink in their prin- 
ciples in these things with a kind of implicit faith," and aptly quotes 
Horace : — 

" Quo Seme! est inibuta recens servabit odorcm 
Testa diu," 

which he interprets thus : " A child will not easily forsake the principles 
he hath been trained up in from his cradle." Mr. Hale graduated at 
Harvard College in 16f>7, and died May i5j 1700, aged sixty-four, after 
a ministry of forty-seven years in Beverly. He was one of the distin- 
guished clergy of his time. When, in 1692, the wife of his own bosom 
was accused of witchcraft, he was led to question, not the reality of the 
crime, but u the traditions of the fathers, the maxims of the common law, 
and the precedents and principles" upon which the trials were conducted. 
His volume is an able exposition of the now obsolete learning upon that 
subject — learning which flowed from the lips and pens of Lord Bacon, 
Sir Matthew Hale, Bishop Hall, Richard Baxter, Dr. Henry More — from 
the bar, the bench, the pulpit, and the study ; and he was a bold man, 
careless of his repute for soundness, whether divine, civilian, or physician, 
who doubted. 

In the case of Amy Duny, cited by Mr. Hale, tried before Lord Chief 
Baron Hale, in 1661, Sir Thomas Browne, the famous physician of his 
time, declared himself clearly of opinion that the " devil cooperated with 
the malice of the witches, at whose instance he did the villanies;" and 
added that " in Denmark there had lately been a great discovery of 
witches, who used the very same way of afflicting persons, by conveying 
pins into them ; " and such was the authority of his opinion that he was 
thought to have had no small influence in the condemnation of the unfor- 

This case, before one of the highest legal minds of England and mo"st 
conscientious of men, occurred five years after the date of the incident 
narrated by Mr. Hale, which we give in his own words, and with his 

covcry Discussed, | both Negatively and Affirmatively, according to SCRIPTURE 

and | EXPERIENCE. | | By John Hale, | Pastor of the Church of Christ 

in Beverley, | Anno Domini, 1697 | | 

When they say unto you, seek unto them that have \ Familiar Spirits and unto Wizzards, 
that peep, c$r. | To the Law and to the Testimony; if they speak \ not according to this word, 
it is because there is no \ light in them, Isaiah, viii. 20. | 

That which I see not teach thou me, Job, 32. 32. | | 

Boston in N. E. | Printed by B. Green, and J. Allen, for Benjamin Eliot under 
the Town House, 1702." 

1859.] Witchcraft in Maine. 195 

appropriate reflection that " we must be very circumspect lest we be 
deceived by human knavery, as happened in a case nigh Richmond 
Island, circiter Anno, 1659. 

" One Mr. Thorpe, a drunken Preacher, was gotten in to Preach at 
Black point under the appearance and profession of a minister of the 
Gospel, and boarded at the house of Goodman Bayly, and Baylye's wife 
observed his conversation to be contrary to his calling, gravely told him 
his way was contrary to the Gospel of Christ, and desired him to reform 
his life, or leave her house. So he departed from the house, and turned 
her enemy, and found an opportunity to do her an injury : and it so fell 
out that Mr. Jordan of Spurnink had a cow died, and about that time 
Goody Bayly had said she intended such a day to travel to Casco-Bay. 
Mr. Thorpe goes to Mr. Jordan's man or men, and saith the Cow was 
bewitched to death, and if they would lay the carcass in a place he should 
appoint, he would burn it and bring the witch : and accordingly the cow 
is laid by the path that led from Black Point to Casco, and set on fire that 
day Goody Bayly was to travel that way, and so she came by while the 
carcass was in burning, and Thorpe had her questioned for a witch : But 
Mr. Jordan interposed in her behalf: and said his cow dyed by his ser- 
vants negligence, and to cover their own fault they were willing to have 
it imputed to witchcraft; and Mr. Thorpe* knew of Goody Baylyes in- 
tended Journey, and orders my servants (said he), without my approba- 
ion, to burn my Cow in the way where Bayly is to come ; and so 
unriddled the knavery and delivered the innocent" f 

At the distance of two hundred years this narrative seems too puerile, 
;oo absurd, to be so gravely related ; but we can better appreciate it by a 
reference to contemporary cases, and we will take the two already named* 
[n that at Charlestown, eleven years before this, the woman was sus- 
pected partly because that, after some angry words passing between her 
md her neighbors, some mischief befell their cattle and the like, and 
partly because some things supposed to be bewitched, or to have a charm 
upon them, being burnt, she came to the fire and seemed concerned ; 
ind upon such evidence the poor victim was condemned and hung. In 
:he other case, that of Duny, before Baron Hale, a toad, found in the 
blanket of Durant, who was said to be bewitched, was held in the fire till 
t made a horrible noise ; and the next day Amy Duny, who was sus- 
3ected to bewitch Durant, was found " all grievously scorched with fire, ,, 
and upon this and like evidence she was condemned and hung. 

Certainly Lord Hale must have hung Goody Bayley on so good a case 
is that presented by Thorpe. The burnt cow " brought the witch " in 
he very nick of time, as Thorpe had predicted ; the poor woman must 
mve appeared " concerned " when the minister and scholar charged her 
vith witchcraft — a sure token of guilt according to witchcraft law, and a 
act plain to all beholders, who also expected it to be so ; the great test 
>y burning was proved — the test upon which Winthrop had found one 

* Thorpe was presented to the court by Jordan and Jocelyn, in 1659, for "preaching 
insound doctrine." Hale calls him a "drunken preacher ; " Mrs. Baley calls him a 
ery bad man, and drives him from her house ; Jordan calls him a knave. Whence he 
ame, whither he went, into and out of this year of grace 1659, we know not. This is 
.11 we hear of him. Unhappy memory ! 

t Mr. Hale may have had this from Mr. Jordan himself, but probably from his 
riend Mr. John Phillips, of Boston, with whom he had conversed on the subject of 
witchcraft, and who had, in that same year, bought an estate in the vicinity of Spurwink, 
t Falmouth. 

196 Bond of Charles Hilton, 1671. [July, 

witch guilty in New England, and upon which Lord Hale was soon to 
hang another in Old England ; witchcraft was a verity and a crime by 
the laws of Moses, by the laws of England, by the judgment of Christen- 
dom ; her accuser came " under the appearance and profession of a 
minister of the Gospel ;" the case seems to have assumed the gravity of 
legal form, for Thorpe had " her questioned ;" there were the necessary 
materials to carry it on — roguery and credulity. Under this condition of 
circumstance and opinion — shunned and dreaded under the reproach and 
suspicion of familiarity with the devil — bewildered by the sudden sur- 
rounding of mysterious agencies, of ghostly dangers — her very life im- 
periled by the unseen powers of darkness, the machinations of Satan and 
his angels — who or what can save the life of the accused ? What shall 
be the end of this ? Is it to be the inauguration of the dominion of dia- 
bolism and anguish, like that already begun in other parts of New Eng- 
land, in England, in Denmark, under the authority of the learned, good 
and great, and reaching down into the next century, with its ghastly 
scores that make us even now to shudder, or to turn away with loathing ? 
To any who may recall these darkest pages of human weakness, this is 
no question of the fancy. 

The infamy was averted by the common sense and courage of Robert 
Jordan. We must attribute it, not to Jordan's education or associations, 
but solely to his own clear-headed common sense — his native discern- 
ment. If we wonder at and commiserate the fatuity which clouded the 
wisdom and genius of Bacon, the learning of Browne, and the judgment 
and benevolence of Hale, against whom such records remain, shall we 
not gratefully recognize and dwell upon the sagacity and prudence of 
Jordan, who thus averted the abomination once and forever, and thus 
stands out so luminous amid the gloom which bewildered the first intel- 
lects and best hearts of those times ! 

The event was soon forgotten, but not so evanescent was its silent 
force, so beneficently and permanently affecting the people ; and we 
form a higher idea of the man — we concede to him, as the man of 
wisdom, the deliverer from evil, a dignity which could never attach to 
merely the steady adherent and vigorous defender of a particular polity, 
or the powerful Lord of Spurwink. ### 

-A «»» — *- 


[From the original in the possession of Charles H. Morse.] 

** This bill bindeth me Charles Hillton of Exeter, my Ayers, Execu- 
tors & Admynistratores to pay or Ca[u]se to be payd to Henry Kemble 
of boston twenty thowsand of good Marchantable pine bordes ; to be payd 
as followeth, to say, six thowsand as aboue sayd to be payd at lamperell 
rever landing plase, at or before the last of June next, and foretene thow- 
sand by the last of June in the yere seuentie two ; & to the treu perform- 
enes here of I bind me, Charles Hilton, as aboue sayd to Henry Kemble 
or his ayeres, or asines, as witnes hereunto I set my hand this first of May 
(1671) Charles Hilton 

witnes in presents of vs, Walter Barefoote, Humphery Willson " 

The following is endorsed on the above bond : — 

" Reseued the Contenes of this bill of Charles Hillton to sattisfacktion 
this 27th of July 1674 p' me Henry Kemble " 

1859.] Sir Humphrey Gilbert' ] s Last Letters. 197 


The readers of the Register are here presented with one of the last 
letters of the chivalrous and persevering, but unfortunate, Sir Humphrey* 
Gilbert. As it bears date but a short time before he sailed upon his last 
expedition, there can be little doubt of its being among his very last 
written communications. 

Sir Humphrey sailed from England, as is well known, in 1583, with 
five ships and about two hundred and sixty men, with the intention of 
settling a permanent colony in North America. The following letter 
relates to that, to him, fatal enterprise. It has not, to my knowledge, 
been published or even referred to. It was discovered by me in my 
examinations of the British Archives, and being a portion of American 
history I communicate it for publication in the New England Hist, and 
Gen. Register. The original is now safely lodged in Her Majesty's State 
Paper Office, and may readily be referred to, as its place is duly indi- 
cated. I have carefully copied his autograph, to accompany it. 

This letter in itself is of deep interest, for its exposition of the character 
of its author. It lets us into some of the interesting particulars of his 
private affairs, as well as into some circumstances which influenced his 
conduct. It shows that, notwithstanding the disappointments and discour- 
aging returns which the two voyages of Frobisher produced, Sir Humphrey 
was probably sanguine that gold and silver were to be had in abundance 
in the northern regions of America. It is alike inferable that there were 
those among his friends who did not entertain those sanguine expectations. 
Among these was the Queen, who exhibited on this occasion a judgment 
much superior to that with which the lamented Gilbert was possessed, for 
she desired him to stay at home, and to commit the execution of his 
project to another, " as he was a man noted of noe good happ by sea." 

Others had insinuated that he wanted courage to proceed on his voy- 
age, as his ships had been ready for sea several months before he sailed. 
Stung by such reflections, and under the smart of their injustice, he wrote 
this letter. The knowledge of these facts may reasonably excuse the 
vaunting strain in which a part of it is written. In this the Queen is 
quite cavalierly reminded of his eight and twenty years' service. 

In this letter we are introduced to the street in which Sir Humphrey 
Gilbert lived ; but I cannot learn, on the spot or elsewhere, the precise 
locality of his house. A very few years after the loss of this distinguished 
man, John Stow described Red Cross street; on the west side of which, 
he says, " from Saint Giles Churchyard up to the Cross, be manie faire 
houses built outward, with dyvers alleys turninge into a large platt of 
grounde, called the Jewes Garden." Above a year after Sir Humphrey 
sailed for America, the " house of Lady Gilbert, in Red Cross St.," is 
mentioned, incidentally, in another State Paper in the same series. She 
was, no doubt, living in that street at the time last mentioned. 

There are other papers of great interest connected with the career of 
Gilbert in the same archives. Among them is a copy of his commission 
or patent, in which are the names of all the adventurers ; but it might be 
thought foreign to the objects of the Register by some of its subscribers, 
and so I merely apprize them that such a document exists, and will only 

*■ This is the modern orthography, but in Gilbert's own day his Christian name 
was written Humfry. 

19S Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Last Letters. [Juty: 

notice the " Instructions," a copy of which he left at his departure : — 
" 1. The yellowe wax is to be broken vp at the Landesende of Englande 
and not before, (o r that it is for their Course onely. 2. the redde wax is 
not to be broken vp before they come vpon the Coast of America, or 
w th in a hundreth Leagues therof. .'*. The p'tiea to whom the same ar 
Delivered ar to ^ivc their faithes not to do anie thing contrary to this 
Direction. Ther ar zij of the same bales [rolls] tor direccon l><!i\<Tf(! 
vpon the Delivery of the Articles ofo 1 Agn i m l and one Littell rolle 
a Label I wraped vp in redd wax and Sealed as da- other. xij th of 1>< cem« 
1582. — A >, 1 woulde have these writes, the l/ ; pattcntes, the 
graunt to thi Towne and the S rde [Chart] and all other tliii. 

touching this matter putt into an Iron chest w l!l tin' :kes. And 

to forgett ■ i with [ron Sm m r chant of London, at his 

from Barbery, for bis graunt, i'"i 1 hadd conference w lh him aboul 
same before his departui '. .d those three keyes aforcsayd, to be 1. 
the one by the Maior i 9 wthampton, thother by Richard goddard, And 

the third by iohart \h :- . \ mill th< I be known. II. I i.' 

In an earlier document he mentions, ■• The said S 1 I [umfry Gilbert, of 
the Town< a of Tottn< m and Dartm ." and all others adventuring with 
him, ■ I ler the nam in Gilbert, Knight, thelder brother 

i Sir Ilmnfiy gilbert; and A il ' luring to I 

afon . vuder the nam' irnard 

/. l- . l- S. G. I ( . 

B ght honorable, wheras it hath : I vo r honor to let mcc vndei 

stand that In r ma of her i sp< ciall care had of my well do ng, & pi 
pero b, hath * from the \« rsonall • 

of my intended die ed of n d happ by sea: fo 

the which 1 ackno* . . nuche bounden vnto her ma 

know not how to dew i then with nrj 

continuall prayer, and .full, and foro Bervice during lyfc 

Ami n<»\\ to excuse mj . and - vC honor touching the obiac 

tions made of my . it may pli aduertised that in mi 

1 retorned with great I w ild not m\ 

nor Miller any of my company any thinge contrarye to my woi 

a to her ma* and j for yf I had red my 

] ted not to bai • poore as then 1 die 

And touching this my last stay at I ' n, it hath j 

wyndi - ol - making and Bendii n«jt my faulte oi 

nei: but yf I wear giltye of delaye, the principall el 

owne, and noe h>- ny other, for my aduentures as I had them foi 

the most parte in . BO 1 have them still without any losse 1 

them. And in truthe the OUt< of this winter hath ben a comnior 

hindrance to all men of this real me southwarde bounde. Yea and th( 
wyndes so contrarye as that it hath droven shippes from the th( 

Asros vppon this coste without spreading any sayle at all. A thing 
thinke never harde of before. And the kinge of Portingale beeing at t!u 
Tercera coulde not in all this tyme recover the maderaes. H< 
impossible then hadd it ben for mee to have performed my iorney thi 
winter? Yo r hono r can iudge dwelling soe farr to the northewardes o 
the place intended to bee discovered. And seeing the Queenes ma 
have a fyfthe of all the golde cc syluer ther to bee gotten without an] 


Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Last Letters. 


charge to her ma lic , I tmste her hyghnes of her accustomed favo r will not 
denye mee libertye to execute thai w"' 1 resteth in hope so profitable to her 
mil"" & crowne. The greal desyre I have to performe the same hath coste 
mee first & Inst the Belling and spending <>f a thowsand marke land a 
yecre of my owne getting besydea the Bcorne of the worlde, for conceav- 
ing so well of a matter that others hold so ridiculous, although now by 
my meanes better thought of. Yff the dowbte bee my wante of skill to 
execute the same I will offer my Belfe to bee apposed, by all the b 
navigato"*, and Cosmographeres within this realme. Yff it bee cowardK- 
ik's I Beeke noe other purgation therofthen my former service don to ,,r, r 
ma 1 "', yf it bee the suspition of dayntines of dyett or sea sicknes in those 
both 1 will yeeld my selfe seccond to noe man lyving, because that com- 
parison la rather of hardines of bodye, then a boste of vertue. hut how 
little accounte soever is made ether of the matter or of mee, 1 truste her 
ma"" w" 1 her favo r lor my xxviij* yeares Bervice will alowe mee to gett 
my livinge aa well as I may honestly which is every Bubiectes righte), 
and not to constrayne nice by my idle aboade at home to begg my bread 
with my wife and children, especially Beeing 1 have her ma t,f> graunte 
and lycense vnder the greal scale of Englande for my departure, withoute 
the which 1 would not have spent a penny in this action, wherin 1 am 
most bounde to her ma* for her great favo*, which of all thinges I most 
Desyre: and lake comforte in: protesting that noe man lyving shall 
serve her ma' " more faythfully and dutifully during my life w ,h all the 
good fortune that god shall bestowe on mee. And thus I truste 1 have 
Batisfyed yo* hono* as all my intentes and proceedings, Leaving yo" hono r 
to the tuition of the almightye, flfrom my howse in lodcrosse Btreat the 
7& offfebruary L582. 

Yo r honores most humble 

[Address :]— To the right llono rahle S r ffrancis | Walsyngham 
Knight Principall Secretaire to her ma" — [Brit. State Papers, 
Domes. Scr., Vol. 159, No. 46.] 

[Communicated by C. II. Morse.] 

"Cambridge, July 13. 1775. Received of the Commissary General, 
p' Virtue of General orders, for the use of our Regiments, the following 
Coats, to be delivered to those of our men who Lost in the late Engage- 
ment with Gen. Tom Gage's Troops. 

four Coats, p 1 Eben r Bridge, Col. 
Col° Prescott, Ten Coats, p 1 John Robinson, Lt. Col. 
Col Frye, Six Coats, p' Tho 3 Poor, Major. 

200 The Osgood Family in New England. [July, 


[By C. M. Endicott of Salem.] 

[Continued from p. 121.] 


Christopher 1 Osgood, as has been before stated, emigrated to this country 
in the ship Mary and John, Capt. Sayres, of London, from Southampton, 
in March, 1633-4, and took the freeman's oath, 16 May, 1635. Married 
Margery Fowler, daughter of Philip Fowler. After his death his widow 
married Thomas Rowell, of Andover, and had one son, Jacob Rowell, 
who was by trade a carpenter, and removed to Elizabeth Town, New 
Jersey, where he was living in 1681. Her second husband died May 8, 
1662, and Margery married again, previous to 1670, Thomas Coleman, 
of Nantucket, to which place he removed from Newbury previous to 
1673, as Margery Coleman is called of Nantucket, May 27, 1673, per 
Essex Reg. Deeds, B. 3, 1. 274. 


I Christopher Osgood of Ipswich being wcake in body but of perfect understand inge 
& memory doc comitt my soulc into the Bands of my redeemer, & concerning that little 
Estate the Lord hath lent mee this is my last will & testament, 

First I do give unto my oldest daughter Mary= ( )sgood ten pounds to be paid her 
or her assigns at her day of marriage & to my other three daughters, Abigail, Elisabeth 
& Deborah rive pounds to each of them to be paid to them and every of them at or 
upon their respective dayes of marriage And to my sonne Christopher= Osgood I do 
give my house and lands to have & enjoy the same at the age of two & twentie yeares 
And my will is that my beloved wife Margery Osgood shalbe the sole executrix of 
this my will & to enjoy the proffitt & benclitt of my estate dnringe the minority of my 
children as abovesaid And lastly I doc request and desire Mr. John Norton and my 
Father Phillip Fowler to be overseers that this my will be performed according to the 
true intent thereof 

In witness heere of I have subscribed my hand the nineteenth day of Aprill 1650 

Christopher Osgood 

I do also desire our respected Major to a joync with Mr Norton & my Father 
Witness Nathaniel Mathew 
Joseph Rowlandson 
Daniel Rolfe 

Memorandum which was forgotten my will is that my oldest daughter marry not 
without the desire of my wife & the consent of my overseers & that my younger daugh- 
ters marry not without the consent of their mother & the advice of the overseers if it 
may be had and that their several portions be paid unto them when they shall attaine 
the age of twenty yeares if they be not marryed before that age 

Christopher Osgood 

Proved by the oath of Daniel Eolfe the 10 th of the 8 th m: 1650 

per me Robert Lord 

1. Christopher Osgood by wife Margery had : — (2) Mary 2 , m. John 
Lovejoy, June 1, 1651. (3) Abigail 2 m. John Wilson — a son, named 
John Wilson, sold to his uncle Christopher, 29th Aug., 1721, all his right 
to any division of the common lands in Ipswich, belonging to his grand- 
father's estate. (4) Elizabeth. 2 (5) Deborah 2 m. John Ross, Aug. 28, 
1663 ; he died March 4, 1692. (6) Christopher 2 (t) 1643. (7) Thomas 2 (t) 

N. B. — The last named son, Thomas, 2 is not mentioned in his father's 
will ; but in several deeds given by his mother, after she became the 
wife of Thomas Coleman, of Nantucket, Thomas Osgood is called her 
son, particularly in deed, per Essex Reg. Deeds, B. 3, 1. 274, wherein 
are the following words : "to Thomas Osgood, in consideration of the 
natural affection I doe have unto my said son." He may have been a 
posthumous child. 

1859.] The Osgood Family in New England. 201 


6. Christopher 2 Osgood, born in Ipswich in 1643, was a millwright. 
Removed to Andover, where he ever after resided, on the marriage of his 
mother to Thomas Rowell. Sold the dwelling house and grounds in 
Ipswich, left him by his father, to Thomas Metcalf, Oct. 2, 1666. Sold 
also a half right in the common lands in Ipswich, belonging to his father's 
estate, to Edmund Heard, July 18, 1722. Took the freeman's oath, Feb. 
21, 1675-6. He had four wives: m. 1st, Hannah Belknap, of Lynn, 
Dec. 6, 1663, by whom he had six children ; she d. Nov. 21, 1679 : 
m. 2d, Hannah Barker, May 27, 1680, by whom he had four children; 
she d. April 6, 1687 : m. 3d, Sarah , by whom he had no chil- 
dren ; she d. July 8, 1689 : m. 4th, Sarah , by whom he had six 

children ; she survived him. Representative, 1690. Died 1723, a. 80. 
Will dated 24th July, 1722 ; proved June, 1723. 

Children by Hannah Belknap : — (8) Mary, 9 b. July 5, 1665, m. John 
Marston, May 28, 1689, d. April 5, 1700. (9) Hannah, 5 b. Oct. 19, 
1668, m. John Carlton, Aug. 22, 1688. (10) Dorothy 5 b. July 4, 1671, 

m. Anniss. (11) Abigail 5 b. Aug. 29, 1673, m. Joseph Carlton, 

Aug. 2, 1694. (12) Christopher 5 (t) b. June 28, 1675. (13) Ezekiel 5 ^) 
b. Nov. 5, 1679. 

Children by Hannah Barker: — (14) Pre cilia, 2 b. April 1, 1681, m. 
James Russell ; he d. previous to 1732. (15) Sarah 5 b. Feb. 19, 1683, 

m. Gray, d. previous to 1722. (16) Esther 5 b. Oct. 31, 1684, m. 

Langdon. (17) Anna 5 b. March 8, 1687. 

Children by Sarah, 4th wife :— (18) Rebecca 5 b. May 3, 1692, m. 
Robert Barnard, Sept. 14, 1710. (19) Lydia, 5 b. June 14, 1694, d. July 
20, 1694. (20) Lydia 5 b. Sept. 1, 1695, m. Sherebiah Barnard, Feb. 2, 
1716. (21) Martha 5 b. Dec. 14, 1698, m. Daniel Moore, 1722. (22) 
Jeremiah 5 (f ) b. 1702. (23) Mary 5 b. 1705, m. John Foster, June 3, 

7. Thomas 2 Osgood, b. in Ipswich about 1651 ; was living in New- 
bury in 1673, and in Andover in 1675. Occupation, a yeoman. Took 
the freeman's oath at the same time with his brother Christopher, Feb. 21, 
1675-6. Removed from Andover with his family after 1692 ; not known 
where. Married Susannah . 

Children of Thomas and Susannah born in Andover : — (24) Mary? b. 
Feb. 14, 1675. (25) Sarah 5 b. Feb. 6, 1677. (26) Hannah 5 b. Nov. 
29, 1679. (27) Thomas 5 b. Dec. 17, 1680. (28) Josiah, 5 b. March 1, 
1682, d. May 6, 1683. (29) Judith 5 b. Feb. 8, 1683. (30) Deborah 5 
b. Feb. 26, 1685. (31) Josiah 5 b. May 31, 1688. (32) Abigail 5 b. 
Aug. 11, 1690. (33) Susannah 5 b. Oct. 29, 1692. 


12. Christopher 3 Osgood, b. June 28, 1675. Was a millwright, 
and built and owned the first grist mill on Concord River. Lived in Bil- 

lerica. Married Elizabeth ; d. in 1739, a 64. His widow was non 

compos in 1764. Children named in division of property, Oct. 13, 1740 : 
—(34) Christopher* millwright ; d. 1748 ; will dated Aug. 25, 1748 ; 
proved Sept. 26, 1748 ; children named in the will : John, 5 Rebecca, 6 
Christopher, 6 Sarah, 6 Mary; 6 widow Sarah. (35) Phineas, 4 d. 1756; 
children, Hannah, 6 under 14 in 1756. (36) Joseph, 4 b. 1719. (37) 
Benjamin, 4 b. 1721, d. 1748 ; prisoner from Canada by the way of Louis- 
burg, Oct. 6, 1748 ; administrator, David Osgood. (38) David, 4 b. 1724, 
d. 1768; innholder; will dated June 15, 1767; proved Feb. 16, 1768; 

202 Bell of Port Royal [July, 

widow, Sarah ; children named : Elizabeth, 5 Hannah, 5 Sarah, 5 Dolly, 5 
David, 5 Phineas. 5 (39) Elizabeth* b. 1725, d. 1748 ; admin. Sept. 12, 
1748, to brother Joseph Osgood. 

13. Ezekiel 3 Osgood, b. Nov. 5, 1679. Lived in Andover. Mar- 
ried 1st, Rebecca Ward well, Feb. 20, 1710-11 ; m. 2d, Mary , who 

survived him; d. in 1741, a. 62. Will dated Nov. 5, 1740; proved 
April 20, 1741 ; executor, his son Samuel — per Register of Probate 
Records, B. 24, p. 123. Children named in his will : — (40) Samuel* 
b. May 27, 1714, m. Dorothy Wardwell, May 21, 1739 ; m. 2d, Eliza- 
beth Abbot, Jan. 4, 1753 ; d. 1774 ; children named in the will, B. 24, 
1. 213 : Samuel, 5 b. 1741 ; Eliakim, 5 b. 1743; Dorothy, 5 b. 1745 ; Joseph, 5 
b. 17G0 ; John, 5 b. 1765 ; Thomas, 5 b. 1767, was an architect and lived 
in Charlestown, Mass., <1. March 21, 181S, fathcrof Rev. Samuel 6 Osgood, 

Aug. 20, 1732, m. Samuel Martin, April 24, 1753. 

22. Jeremiah* Osgood, b. in 1702. Lived first in Andover, whenccj 
he probably removed to Pomfret, Ct., about 1750, having purchased a 
farm there of 11^ acres of land in 17 19. Married 1st, Nov. 9, 1727, 
Lydia Poor; m. 2d, May 29, L745, Mary Chandler. Children of Lydia 
and Jeremiah :— (47) Lydia, 4 b. Sept. 8, 1728. ( 18) Mary* b. Aug. 5, 
1729. (49) Rebecca* b. Sept 4, 1730. (50) Mr hi I able,* b. March 20,' 
1732. (51) Jeremiah* b. Sept. 3, 1733; d. Oct. 3, 1733. (52) Jere- 
miah,* b. May 16, 1735. (53) Daniel,* b. April 2!), 1737. (51) Sarah* 
b. April 23, 1741. 

End of the Third Generation of Christopher Osgood. 

In the eighth volume of the Register, p. 160, is a brief account of the 
family of Win, Osgood, of Salisbury. Will dated 15th March, 1700; 
proved Sept. 2, 1700. Children named William, John, Joanna, w. of 
Robert Jones, of Amcsbury ; Mary, w. of Thomas Currier ; Sarah, w. of 
John Colby ; Elizabeth, w. of John Quimby. 

-*—•-••- ► 

Bell of Port Royal. — The following order is copied from the origi- 
nal in the handwriting of Governor Leverett, by permission of Mr. Morse, 
the owner. 

Port Royal was captured by Major Robert Sedgwick and Captain John 
Leverett, Aug. 16, 1654. Their ships sailed from Boston in the summer 
of 1654, and returned in September, according to Hull ; but it would 
seem, from the date of this order, that Leverett either remained at or 
returned to Port Royal. See Hohnes's Annals, i. 300-2, authorities there 
cited ; and HuWs Diary (in Trans. Am. Antiq. Soc. iii.), p. 174-6. 

" Capt. Richard Moore, I vnderstand that the bell y l was carryed from 
Port Royall is in y r hands & reserved for Capt. Lothrop. I desyer you 
to deliver the same vnto him & this shalbe yo r warrant. Fro yo r Loveing 

Jn° Leverett. 

Port Royall this 7th Decemb. 1654." 

1859.] Bradstreet. 203 


The originals of the two following documents arc in the possession of Mr. Charles 
H. Morse, the well known collector of autographs. The signers of the first arc Mrs. 
Anne Bradstreet, the celebrated poetess ; her daughter Mercy, and her sons Dudley 
and John ; and three other persons, of whom the writer of this note knows nothing. 
There is no date to this document, but it must have been signed before Oct. 31, 1672, 
for Mercy Bradstreet bore the name of "Wade after that date. 

We have given a facsimile of the autograph of Mrs. Bradstreet, as this is the only 
one written in full that we have ever seen or heard of. That copied in the Register, 
Vol. VIII., p. 314, is the only other autograph that we know of, and we have made 
frequent inquiries on the subject. Neither of these autographs, however, gives a fair 
idea of Mrs. Bradstreet's handwriting, as is proved by a manuscript volume of hers, 
which is still extant, written in a beautiful hand. 

This witnesseth that wee heard goodm Sutton say there was noe horses 
in his yard that night in w ch M r Bradstreetes mare was killed, & after- 
wards that there was none that he knew of; but being told by M r Brad- 
streete that hee thought hee could p'ue hee draue out some, then hec sd. 
yes, now T rememb r there was 3, or 4. 

Further wee testifie the sd. Sutton sd. att y l tyme there was noe dogg 
there but his w ch was a puppy & Mr Danes that would not byte. 

Mercy Bradstreet Dudley Bradstfreet] 

John Bradstreet 
Edward Whittington 

his marke 
Robte. R b Buseley 

When Mr. Jonathan Wade of Ipsw ch came first to my house att 
Andou 1 " in the | yeare 72, to make a motion of marriage betwixt his son 
Nathaniel and | my daughter Mercy hee freely of himself told mee what 
he would | giue to his son vz. one halfe of his Farme att Mistick, and on 
third p't of his | land in England when hee dyed and that hee should 
haue liberty to make | vse of p't of the imp'ued and broken vpp ground 
vpon the sd. Farme till | hee could gett some broken vpp for himselfe 
vpon his owne p't, and likewis | that hee should Hue in and haue the vse 
of halfe the house & vntill he had one | of his owne built vpon his p't 
of the farme. I was willing to accept of his | offer, or at least sd. nothing 
against it : but p'p'ounded that hee would make | his sd. son a deede of 
guift of that third p't of his land in England to enioy to | him and his heires 
after his death. This hee was not free to doe, but sd. it was | as sure, 
for he had soe putt it into his will, that his 3 sons should haue | that in 
England equally devyded betwixt them, vz. each a 3 p't. I obiected | hee 
might alt r his will when hee pleased, & his wife might dye & hee 
marry | againe and haue oth r children, w ch hee thought a vaine obieccon. 
Much | oth r discourse there was about the stocke on the Farme, &c, but 
remayneing vnwilling | to giue a deede for that in England, saying he 
might liue to spend it, and often | repeating hee had soe ordered it in his 

204 Sale of Slave Mercury. [July, 

will, as aforesd., w ch hce should never ah r without | great necessity, or 
words to that purpose. Soe wee p'ted for that tyme leaveing | that 
matt r to further consideracon. After hce came home hec told seuiill of 
my | Friends and others as they informed me that hce had p'flfered to 
giue his son Nathaniel hett r then 1000 11 ' | ami 1 would not accept of it. 
The next tyme hce came to my house, after some | discourse about the 
premises and p'ceiueing bis resolucdn as formly, I consented | to 
accept of w l hee had fornfly ingaged, and left it to him to add \v l hee 
pleased | towards the building of him a house &c., and soe agreed that 
the yong p'sooi might | p'ceede in man ige with both o* Consents 
accordingly they did. | S. Bradstreet | 

The II m ' Simon Bradstn I Esq/ | made Oath to the truth of the 
above written | Sept. "2\ lU 1683 ! ■< [i S N >well, Assist 1 | 

The inl II* line 10 l!l and | they informed me] 

line ~*J"' were before | the Oath was in 

4 — - — ► 


[Communicated by C. EL ftfoass.] 

v - Know al men by these p'senta thai I Jobe Lane* of Maiden in the 
Covnty of mi i x ^ Bngld., Carpenter, acknowleg my self< 
indebted vnto John 1. . • f B iston in the Covnty of Svffblke, in the 

Massacta ony in V u Bngld, (bra negro boy called merevry the 

svm of thirty povnds ofCvrranl monneyofnew Eugld., the which s\m, I, 
the Bayd Jobe Lane . de !>• at his N 

dwelling hovse in boston, or in other pay to his Content, as for monn 
or to his hej . for the trve performance of the 

same, I doe hereby fyrmely bynd myselfe my heyr . i & 

gnea in the penalty of lixty porndi of like Cvrrant monney. In 

witins whereof, 1 have ler< v;. my band 1 2th day of 

Jvne 1667, Job Laine. 

9 lied with a pine-tree shilling.] 
Witnes, William Si ke, Isaac G 

The ab id, except the signatures, is in the handwriting of (Jov. 

John Leverett, who has made the following memoranda under it: — 
"jn1 f 80 at s cent for 3 yeares one Mo. dve fro 12 jv. 1667 to 

jvlv 15. 1670 7 l > [sic] 

So y l y° debt dve at y c rcceveing is 37 1 G. 0. ,, 

Sir Isaac Coffin's Birthflace. — The house in which Sir Isaac Coffin, 
late an Admiral in the British Navy, was bom is still standing. It formerly 
stood in Rainsford's Lane, and occupied very nearly the site of the present 
No. '20 Harrison Avenue ; but about fift< it was removed 

farther south, and now stands near the Marble Yard of T. J. Bailey & Son, 
being Xos. 64 and 66 Harrison Avenue. W. J I. M. 

* The bracket- are in the original, and are used as quotation marks. G 
street's name and all above it are in bis handwriting; all below it is in Mr. Nowell 


The Savoy. 



A few days ago I strolled into " The Savoy." It is a locality of great 
historical antiquity, going as far back as 1245. Then it is supposed to 
have received its name from one Peter, Earl of Savoy, who built him a 
palace there. The readers of the Register will doubtless remember to 
have seen many important books u printed in The Savoy.'''' 1 will instance 
one work, because it is in the library of the N. E. Historical and Gen. 
Society — the Ma(;na Britannia, in six volumes quarto. (This invaluable 
work, I will, by the way, mention, was edited by the Rev. Thomas Cox, 
vicar of Broomfield, in Essex, as the fact is not generally known.) 

The entrance to "The Savoy" is through Savoy street, which leads 
from " The Strand,' 1 on the right, as you proceed down it from Charing 
Cross, and a little before you come to St. DunstanVin-the-West. It is 
close upon the bank of the Thames. Like the once famous palaces of 
Henry the Eighth, Cardinal Wolsey, and Queen Elizabeth, all not far 
from it, it has become quite insignificant. My object in visiting it was to 
gratify an antiquarian feeling which always attends me in similar localities. 

In the Savoy are now two very neat chapels or churches, but in the 
adjacent grounds are no ancient inscriptions. I copied one, because it is 
to the memory of a New England man, who belonged to a family of note 
in former times. 






who DIED 23" APRIL 1839, 


Among the names upon the stones, I noticed : — 

Pratt (a player) 

















Col lings 


Finl ay 


Wad brook 













W T oods 






Tread gold 



Some are illegible, 

but none very 


It may be of interest to some readers to know that it was in the Savoy 
hat the famous Commission or Conference was held, in 1661, between 
he Presbyterians and the Episcopalians, appointed to sit by commission 
)f Charles the Second ; in which Conference the Nonconformists were 
•epresented by the famous Baxter, Calamy, Reynolds, Clark, Spurstow, 
jightfoot, Wallis, Manton, Bates, Jacomb, Cooper, Rawlinson, and Case. 
Hie Bishop of London then had his lodgings in the Savoy, and there the 
ommissioners met. 

206 Letters of Brig. Gen. Jedediah Preble. [July> 

A great many curious reminiscences might be given of persons and 
transactions in the Savoy : but, though bearing upon and having an 
influence affecting New England history, they might not be interesting 
to the readers of our American Antiquarian Journal, and will not be 
undertaken ; for I had no such design when I commenced this commu- 
nication. S. G. D. 

London, March 15th, 1859. 

« «— » m- > 


[Communicated by Lt. Geo. H. Preble, of Charlcstown, who has the originals.] 

Watertown October 23 d 1776. 
Dear Sir — 

I arrived here this day at two oclock P. M. in good health. I have 
conversed with the gentlemen chosen by the Town of Charlcstown to go 
to Congress and they have almost convinced me, there is at least a prob- 
ability of obtaining some partial relief for the sufferers of Falmouth. I 
would as Mr Freeman is going to Falmouth advise you to get the accounts 
completed in a proper manner, they must be all drafted in a Book for 
model of which I refer you to the bearer Sam 1 Freeman Esqr; and the 
Commissioners must be sworn that they have made a true statement of 
the damages sustained by the sufferers according to their best skill and 
judgement. The enemy has got entire possession of the Lake and Crown 
Point for which I am heartily sorry. Mr John Adams is arrived from 
New York and advises that General Lee is arrived there with six thousand 
men of a reenforcement to General Washington and that our troops are 
in high spirits I have but one minutes time as Mr Freeman is waiting to 
subscribe myself, Your ready friend & Humble servant 

Jedidiah Preble 

Boston, May 29tk 1777 
Dear Sir — 

I was at your House the afternoon before I set out for this place, but I 
was so unfortunate as not to have the pleasure of seeing you, and knowing 
if you had any commands to Boston. As you were from home I could 
not procure the precept and return of the members chose to Represent 
the Town of Falmouth in the Great and General Court the ensueing year, 
for want of which, we are unqualified for a seat in the House. I need 
not tell you it is absolutely necessary to forward said precepts as soon as 
possible By accounts received from different quarters I believe there is 
but little danger of our maintaining our Independancy. it seems probably 
the German Powers will furnish very few or no more Troops for Great 
Britian and that Carleton is to retain no more troops in Canada than just 
to garrison the Forts and send the rest to the assistance of General Howe. 
I have sent by Ebenezer the Connectecut Paper in which there is some 
agreeable news and refer you to that for particulars. Pray write me by 
the first opportunity how affairs stand in Falmouth. My Compliments to 
all Friends I am with due respect 

Your Humble Servant 

Jedidiah Preble 

1859.] Lines on the Death of Rev. Zechariah Symmes. 207 


[Communicated by John G. Locke, of Boston.] 

The accompanying " Epatha " is a copy of one of the poems men- 
tioned in the Historical Magazine, Vol. II., p. 182. It was copied at my 
request by Dr. J. P. Fessenden, of Lewiston, Me., from the original manu- 
script. It was written by a resident of Boston or vicinity about 1671. 
Who was the author ? 

An epatha upon the Death of M r ZECHARIAH SIMS, leat pastor of the church of 
christ in Charlestone : hoe deceased the 28. 11, anno 1670 f 

come forth my muses help me to distill 
my teares throw limbak of a mornful quill 
for the great builder hath been pleased to 

away the pillowers and the buildings shake 
from sixty seven and it was seventy one 
in four years space, twelve pillowers have 

been gone 
some sesened timber hose strenth of natuer 

induerd the storms full many a blustering 

and brake those windes that now adayes 

doth chill 
our christan love and makes our churches 

others more grave my eyes doe well desearne 
like shokes of wheat ar lodged in the bearne 
the churches cry the cunteryes mone 
the fatherless and orphan childrens grone 
pore boston mornes forherdeare wilson John 
and Cambridg for hur lovely Jonathan 
while hur deare sister doth in sorrow lye 
which dedham feles with a forst cemphaty 
and dorchester from sorrow is not free 
nor yet the toune nor church of branterree 
while dover feeles the smarting of the rod 
northhamton doth desearn an angry god 
from marabelhead there head of ioyes was 

then boston was the second time forsaken 
molddens breved of a painefull precher 
and charlestone of a soul reviving precher 
grave semes [Symmes] for homes my paine- 
full epatha 
which from mine eyes doth fludes of wather 

when I behould those zeallas tooke away 
which might the plaug of the lordes anger 

and migh a staine both [illegible] vile 
ho with unclenness hath our land defild ; 
and hath sturd up the anger of our God 
so that we feele the smarting of his rod 

that now he takes the candle leves behind 
the candlesteck that it may be refind 
and makes longe stay before he doth return 
that we may feare the candle-stick will burn 
if he in mercy doth not speddely 
send forth sum helpe and give some remnedy 
that may expell the heete and burning here 
of our contention that aspiars hier 
than lundans flames when at the hiest poise 
casting har smoke aloft into the skeies 
which sight was sad but it was earthly matter 
that was consum'd a sheedow or a vapor 
but heres the father son and the deare brother 
in burning heat set one against annother 
this tree is groune hose frute doth not decay 
which makes the sones of thunder hast away 
the holy man the profeth and the seere 
is gone from home and we may justly feare 
we are forsaken of a loveing god 
except we turn and meekely keess the rod 
morne and repent returne and mend our 

and for chastisements great Jehovea praise 
and learne to put our confidence alone 
in him that is depending upon none 
and pray that he would make elishas to in- 
a dubele porttion of elijahs sperit 
and that he would be plesd to give to all 
that standing pillow that will never fall 
and make thes funirall sollemnityes 
efactual salve for opening of the eyes 
so that ther death and affull buriall 
may make the touers of phelestens fall 
our most beloved sines to yeld and give 
unabel one to breath much les to live 
being destroied by that worthy hime 
the spotless babe the child of bethlehem 
hose death did make there death to be the 

and from the morner took away the better 

so that I do conclud my mourncfull song 
in praise of him ho is Isralls holy one. 

* See Register, present volume, p. 135, for a genealogy of the Symmes family. 
t This date, Feb. 28, 1670-1, is twenty-four days later than that usually given. 

208 The Hinckley Family. [July* 


To the Editors of the Register: Gentlemen, — I had prepared a brief memoir of 
Ebenezer Hinckley, of Braintree, Mass., and his descendants, for your valuable journal ; 
but as you have requested me to add to it a notice of his distinguished father, Governor 
Hinckley, giving a complete list of his children, and also such information as I may 
have of his grandfather, Samuel Hinckley, I have concluded to extend my communica- 
tion conformably thereto, and remain, yours, respectfully, 

Boston, April 20, 1859. George W. Messinger. 

Samuel Hinckley* of Tenterden, county of Kent, England, came to 
New England in the ship Hercules of Sandwich, which sailed about 
March, 1634 — with his wife Sarah and four children. He first settled at 
Scituate, and by the early records it appears that his wife joined the 
church there, Aug. 16, 1635. He removed with his family to Barnstable 
in 1639. His first wife, Sarah, died Aug. 18, 1656, and he married, for 
his second wife, Bridget Bodfish, Dec. 15, 1657. He died at Barnstable, 
Oct. 31, 1662. In Freeman's " History of Cape Cod" he is described 
as " having been a very prominent man in public affairs. " His will was 
dated Oct. 8, 1662. He leaves the use of his house and garden, and 
some land, to his wife Bridget, during her widowhood, and also gives her 
" all the household stuff she brought with her," and his two cows, " Pros- 
per and Thrivewell ;" but his landed property and other live stock, which 
appears considerable, are divided chiefly between his sons Thomas, 
Samuel, and John. He leaves to each of his daughters, Susanna, Mary, 
Sarah, and Elizabeth, and to each of their children, the nominal sum of 
one shilling, by which I presume the daughters were all married and had 
been provided for. He also bequeaths some of his live stock to his grand- 
children, Samuel and Thomas, sons, and Mary and Bathshea, daughters 
of Thomas Hinckley, — and " Henry Cobb's sons, Samuel and Jonathan." 
The Inventory of his personal property, £162. 16. 0. was made by Henry 
Cobb and William Crocker. 

1. Samuel 1 Hinckley, by wife Sarah had children : — (2) Thomas 2 (f) 
born in England ; (3) Susannah?\ born in England, married John Smith, 
1643; (4) Sarah? born in England, married Henry Cobb of Barnstable, 
Dec. 12, 1649 ; (5) Mary, 2 born in England ; (6) Elizabeth,^ baptized in 
Scituate, Sept. 6, 1635, married Elisha Parker, July 15, 1657 ; (7) 
Samuel ?$ baptized in Scituate, Feb. 4, 1637, deed ; (8) Samuel ?$ bap- 
tized in Scituate, Feb. 10, 1638, buried March 22d, 1640 ; (9) A 
daughter, 2 ! not baptized, buried at Barnstable, July 8, 1639-40 ; (10 & 
11) twin sons, 2 ! not baptized, buried at Barnstable, Feb. 6 and March 
19, 1640; (12) Samuel 2 ^ baptized in Barnstable, 24 July, 1642, married, 
1st, Mary Goodspeed, 14 Dec. 1644, married, 2d, Mary Fittsrandle, 1668; 
(13) John?\ baptized in Barnstable, 26 May, 1644, married Bethiel 
Lathrop, July, 1668. 

* Hinckley appears an ancient name in England. There is a town called Hinckley 
in the county of Leicester, about 100 miles N. W. from London. John De Hinkele High 
Sheriff of Staffordshire Eng<* in the 1" 2* 3. & 4 th year of Edward III 1327-1330.— 
(Shaw's Staffordshire, page 35.) John Hinckley,' Esquire, is mentioned in the will of 
Hugh, Earl of Strafford, in 1385. Arms in Burke's General Armory — " Per pale 
indented ar. and gu. : crest on a ducal coronet, or — a star of twelve points, ppr." It 
is not known whether the family here is entitled to these arms or not. 

t " Scituate and Barnstable Church Records." Hist, and Gen. Register, Vol. X., 
page 39. Contraction, "John Smith and Susan Hinckley contracted at our syster 
Hinckleyes house P me I : Lo :" — about 1643. 

4 These were also taken from Scituate and B. Ch. Rec. Register, Vols. IX. & X. 

1859.] The Hinckley Family. 209 

2. Gov. Thomas 2 Hinckley, born in England, about 1618. Son of 
Samuel and Sarah Hinckley, before mentioned. Came with his parents 
to Barnstable in 1639. He took an early interest in the affairs of the 
town and colony, and soon became prominent. A deputy as early as 
1645; a magistrate and assistant in the Colony of Plymouth, from 1658 
to 1680 ; and made governor in 1681 — continuing in office, except during 
the interruption by Andros — until the union with the Massachusetts Colony 
in 1692. He was also a Commissioner in the General Board of the two 
Colonies, from 1678 to 1692. His death is thus noticed in the interesting 
and valuable work, entitled " The History of Cape Cod," now being 
published by the Rev. Frederick Freeman, page 341 : — 

" In 1706, April 25, died suddenly, in Barnstable, Gov. Thomas Hinck- 
ley, at the advanced age of 86 ;*. a gentleman of distinguished reputation, 
and of great energy of character, who, as we have seen, filled a large 
space in the history of the County of Barnstable, and especially in the 
affairs of the Plymouth Colony. In truth it may be said that it was his to 
fill a large space in the world's history. He had stood by the cradle of 
the Colony in its infancy, and had been, from first to last, the associate, 
in weal or woe, of its great and good men, and had lived, himself the 
chief among the surviving, to see the last chapter written in its immortal 

Gov. Hinckley was first married to Mary Richards, daughter of Thomas 
Richards of Weymouth, Dec. 7, 1641. She died June 24, 1659, and he 
married, for his second wife, Mary Glover, widow of Nathaniel Glover of 
Dorchester, March 16, 1660. She was born in Lancashire, England, in 
1630, and was a daughter of Quarter Master John Smith of England, who 
died in Dorchester, Sept. 17, 1676. She died July 29, 1703, aged 73. 
By her first husband she had two children, Nathaniel Glover, who mar- 
ried Hannah Hinckley, and Ann Glover, who married Wm. Rawson. 

By his first wife Gov. Hinckley had children: — (14) Mary ft born 
Aug. 3, 1644; (15) Sarah* born Nov. 4, 1646, married Nathaniel Ba- 
con, March 27, 1673; (16) Melatiah, 3 born Nov. 24, 1648, married 
Josiah Crocker, Oct. 22, 1668 ; (17) Hannah , 3 born April 15, 1650, mar- 
ried Nathaniel Glover ; (18) Samuel, 3 born Feb. 14, 1652, married Sarah 
Pope, Nov. 13, 1676; (19) Thomas 3 born Dec. 5, 1654; (20) Bath- 
shubaft born May 15, 1657; (21) Mehitable, 3 born March 24, 1659, 
married, 1st, Samuel Word en, and 2d, William Avery of Dedham, Oct. 
13, 1698. 

By his second wife he had : — (22) Admire? born Jan. 28, 1660-1, 
died two weeks after; (23) Ebenezer, 3 born Feb. 22, 1661-2, died two 
weeks after; (24) Mercy, 3 born Jan. 1662-3, married Samuel Prince,' 
Esq. of Sandwich ; (25) Experience, 3 born Feb. 1664, married James 
Whipple of Barnstable ; (26) John, 3 born June 9, 1667, married 1st May, 
1691, Thankfull, daughter of Thos. Trott of Dorchester ; (27) Abigail, 3 
born April 8, 1669, married Rev. Joseph Lord of Chatham ; (28) Thank- 
ful, 3 born Aug. 20, 1671, married Rev. Experience Mayhew of Martha's 

* In the first number of the Historical and Genealogical Register — year 1847, pages 
»2 to 95 — is an extract from Rev. Mr. Prince's Journal, giving the lines written by 
jov. Hinckley on the death of his second consort, and also an interesting account of 
ler, written in 1703. As Gov. Hinckley was then in his 85th year he must have died 
it the age of 87. 

t Gov. Hinckley had daughters bearing the name of Weyborne and Hall. These 
?ere probably Mary and Bathshuba, as we find no other daughters in the family who 
ould have married Messrs. Weyborne & Hall. 


210 The Hinckley Family. [July, 

Vineyard ; (29) Ebenezer, 9 [t] born Sept. 23, 1673, married Mary Stone of 
Sudbury, Mass. ; (30) Reliance, 3 born Dec. 15, 1675, married Rev. 
Nathaniel Stone of Harwich. 

29. Ebenezer 3 Hinckley, the youngest son of Gov. Thomas Hinckley, 
was born in Barnstable, Mass., Sept. 23, 1673. After the decease of his 
father he was married in Nov. 1706, to Mary Stone of Sudbury, probably 
a relative of Rev. Nathaniel Stone of Harwich, who married his sister 
Reliance. Mr. Hinckley first settled in Barnstable, but afterwards re- 
moved with his family to Braintree, where, it appears by the records, he 
purchased a farm in 1716, of William Rawson, Jr. for £400, and some 
land of William Rawson, senr. for £60 ; in these deeds he is described 
as a " yeoman." By his will, dated July 5, 1720, he leaves to his 
daughter Rachel £ 140, to be paid her " when she is of age," and " a copy 
of Mr. FlavePs works" ; to his son Ebenezer £160, " when he is of age," 
and the " three biggest books mentioned in my fathers will" being the 
Concordance and Expositions of the Books of Moses, valued at £2. 7. ; 
he also leaves his son, his gun, sword, and ironback ; the balance of his 
property, the Inventory of which amounted to £656. 13. 0., he leaves to 
his wife Mary.* He died Oct. 17, 1721, leaving a widow and two 
children: (31) Rachel,* born in Barnstable, Nov. 1, 1707, married, May 
27, 1742, to Samuel Spear, Jr. of Braintree ; and (32) Ebenezer, 4 [t] born 
in Braintree, March 14, 1713. 

32. Ebenezer 4 Hinckley, the only son of Ebenezer 3 and Mary Hinck- 
ley, was married by the Rev. John Hancock to Hannah Nightingale, July 
11, 1732. He became a shipmaster. He survived his wife, ancLis said 
to have sailed for the West Indies, and to have died there. He left seven 
children, viz. :— (33) Ebenezer, b [i]; (34) Thomas, b [i] ; (35) Jo/m, 5 [f] ; 
(36) Eliphalet, b a mariner, unmarried; (37) Mary, unmarried; (38) 
Hannah? unmarried ; and (39) Nancy. , 5 [t] married to Benjamin Gorham. 

33. Ebenezer* Hinckley, son of Ebenezer and Hannah, married Anna 
Morton, daughter of Joseph Morton of Dorchester, and sister of Hon. Perez 
Morton ; their children were, (40) Joseph, 6 who married his cousin, 
Abigail Hinckley; (41) Jo/m, 6 [f] who settled in Albany, N. Y., and mar- 
ried Eunice Warren ; (42) Lucy, 6 married Isaac Prescott of Dorchester; 
(43) Anna, 6 or Nancy, unmarried ; (44) Sophia, 6 married John Day 
Howard, Jr. of Boston ; and (45) Herman, 6 unmarried. 

34. Thomas 5 Hinckley became a shipmaster, and settled in Wellfleet, 
Mass., but afterwards removed to Boston. He married Susanna Hewes, 
daughter of Dr. Daniel and Abigail Hewes of Wrentham, Mass. He died 
during the Revolution, aged 34 years, leaving a widow and four children: 

(46) Thomas Hewes, 6 \_f] born in 1768, married Elizabeth Bass of Boston ; 

(47) Hannah, 6 born April 1, 1770, married Capt. Foster Cruft of Boston; 

(48) Susanna Hewes , 6 [t] born July, 1772, at Wellfleet, married Daniel 
Messinger of Boston, and (49) Robert, 6 ^'] born 1774, married Esther 
Messinger, daughter of Daniel and Mary Messinger of Wrentham. 

35. John 5 Hinckley became an auctioneer in Boston, and was a 
member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1772. He 
married Abigail Kneeland, daughter of John Kneeland of Boston. Their 
children were : — (50) Abigail, 6 who married her cousin Joseph H., left 
no children ; (51) Mary, 6 who married Edward Church, a merchant of 

* His widow, Mary Hinckley, was married Nov. 5, 1722, by Esq. Savage, to Mr. 
John George of Braintree. 

1859.] The Hinckley Family. 211 

Boston, by whom she had four children, and, surviving husband and 
children, died at Dorchester, Nov. 1858, in her 88th year; (52) John, 6 
unmarried, died at an advanced age at Andover in 1855 ; (53) Sophia 6 ; 
(54) Harriet 6 and (55) Eliphalet, Q died young. 

39. Benjamin Gorham, who married Ann 5 or Nancy Hinckley, was a 
shipmaster. Their children were, (56) James, 6 [i] merchant in Cuba, 
married Charlotte Kneeland ; (57) Benjamin, 6 [i] a shipmaster, married, 
1st, Nancy Kneeland, and 2d, Frances Harrison, daughter of James Har- 
rison; (58) Samuel 6 settled in New York, married twice — his 2d wife 
was Ellen Rankin, by whom he had a daughter, Antoinette, 7 who married 
Anthony Hoguet of New York; (59) John 6 died young; (60) Nancy, 6 [i] 
married, 1st, Anthony Glean of Cuba, and 2d, James Macomb of Ma- 

41. John 6 Hinckley of Albany, N. Y., married Eunice Warren, and 

had eight children: — (61) Joseph, 7 married Lester; (62) John 

Warren, 7 married Schuyler; (63) Charles 7 ; (64) George 7 ; (65) Henry 7 ; 
(66) Harriet 7 married Mr. Gibbs ; (67) Lucy 7 married Mr. Fowler, and 
(68) Mary 7 who married Cornelius Wendell of Washington, D. C. 

46. Thomas Hewes 6 Hinckley, who married Elizabeth Bass, was a 
sea captain. He survived his wife, and died in Wrentham, Mass., May 
31, 1802. He left one child, (69) Elizabeth Bass 7 who married George 
Estey of Sharon, Mass. 

48. Daniel Messinger of Boston, who married Susanna H. s Hinckley, 
died June 21, 1846, aged 78; his wife died in 1843. Their children 
were: — (70) Susanna Heives, 7 died in infancy; (71) Daniel 7 deceased, 
married Mary Ann Smith of Boston ; (72) Eliza Avery 7 married, 1st, to 
E. T. F. Richardson of Boston, and 2d, to Ex-Gov Anthony Colby of 
New London, N. H. ; (73) Mary Brastow 7 married John Avers of 
Dorchester ; (74) Thomas Hewes Hinckley 7 merchant of New York, mar- 
ried Margaret A. Grimbley of New York, and resides at Stamford, Conn. ; 

(75) Harriet Hinckley 7 married Richard Cary Morse of New York ; 

(76) Foster Cruft, 7 married twice, settled at Wilmington, Del. ; (77) 
Susan Hewes 7 married William Bailey Lang, merchant of New York ; 
(78) Robert Hinckley 7 merchant, New York ; (79) George Washington 7 
merchant, Boston. 

49. Robert 6 Hinckley, who married Esther Messinger, was a ship 
master, and formerly commanded a regular packet ship between Boston 
and London, the ship Galen. He afterwards retired to his farm in Mil- 
ton, Mass., where he died Jan. 26, 1833, leaving six children : — (80) 
Robert Hewes 7 married, 1st, Sarah Symmes, and 2d, Margaret Heller, 
settled in Philadelphia; (81) William Crawley, 7 mairied Alice Camp- 
bell, lives at San Francisco ; (82) Susan, 7 married Joseph Young of 
Charlestown, Mass. ; (83) Thomas Hewes 7 celebrated as an artist, mar- 
ried Sally Bent, deceased, owns and resides at the old homestead in 
Milton ; (84) George Augustus 7 married, 1st, Therese Orne, and 2d, 
Roxana Gilbert; (85) Abigail, 7 unmarried. 

56. James 6 Gorham, merchant in Cuba, left three children : — (80) 
Charlotte, 7 deceased, married Joseph Palmer, M. D., of Boston ; (81) 
Matilda, 7 deceased, married F. P. Leverett of Boston, author of a Latin 
Lexicon; (82) John G. 7 married Eliza A. Farwell of Littleton, and 
settled on a farm in Billerica, Mass. 

57. Benjamin 6 Gorham, shipmaster, left four children ; — (83) James 
Lane, 7 merchant of Boston, married Jerusha Ann Wright, and resides at 

212 Death of Mrs. Anna (Whitaker) Hey ward. [July, 

Jamaica Plain ; (84) Ellen 1 ; (85) Charlotte? married H. Fowle ; and 

by his second wife, (85) Lydia, 1 married Snow. 

60. Nancy 6 Gorham, left by her first husband, Anthony Glean : — 

(86) Francis 1 Glean of Cuba, who married Jenkins of Brooklyn, 

N. Y. ; (87) Anita 1 Glean of Cuba, deceased, married John Philpot 
Curran Thompson, and (88) James 1 Glean, deceased. By her second 
husband, James Macomb, (89) Frances 1 Macomb, who married, 1st, 
Israel Thorndike, Jr., and 2d, to Mr. Tessane of Cuba ; (90) Thomas 1 
Macomb, deceased, married Miss Chartrand ; (91) Louisa 1 Macomb, who 
married John Chartrand of Cuba. 

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Mr. Sibley, the Librarian of Harvard College, to whom we are under obligation for 
many of the items from old newspapers which we have republished from time to time, 
furnishes the following extract from the Massachusetts Gazette, for Sept. 27, 1764. 
Our readers will find in the second volume of the Register, a genealogical sketch of the 
Checkley family, prepared by Mr. Drake, in which is given an account of the preserva- 
tion of the children of Rev. Mr. Rolfe ; but Mr. Drake gives the credit to Hagar, a 
negro servant, while Anna Whitaker is represented as having hid herself in an apple- 
chest. See Register, II., 353, and the authorities there cited. 

Brookfield, Sept. 24, 1764. 
" On the 8th Inst, died after a few Days illness, Mrs. Anna Heyward, 
in the 74th Year of her Age, the Wife of Oliver Heyward, Esq. She 
has left by a former Husband (John Hind) 13 Children, 82 Grand- 
Children, and 17 Great-Grand-Children, in all 112. She was very useful 
as a Mid-wife, and in her last sickness she had a most unshaken Trust in 
the Mercy of God, through the Redeemer. In her Youth, when the 
Savages invaded Haverhill, she saved two Children of the Rev. Mr. Rolfe's, 
by hiding them in the Cellar after the Indians had enter'd the House 
while they were glutting their Rage on the Parents : the two Indians 
followd her into the Cellar, yet such was her Presence of Mind, and 
Dexterity, that she conceal'd the Children and herself that they escaped 
their Notice ; and they were the only Members of the Family at Home 
who survived the bloody Carnage." 

Connecticut Currency in 1704. — " They give the title of merchant 
to every trader ; who Rate their Goods according to the time and spetia 
they pay in : viz. Pay, mony, Pay as mony, and trusting. Pay is 
Grain, Pork, Beef &c. at the prices' sett by the General Court that Year; 
mony is pieces of Eight, Ryalls, or Boston or Bay shillings (as they call 
them,) or Good hard money, as sometimes silver coin is termed by 
them ; also Wampom, viz 1 Indian beads w ch serves for change. Pay as 
mony is provisions, as afores d one Third cheaper then as the Assembly or 
Gene 1 Court sets it ; and Trust as they and the merch 1 agree for time." 

Now, when the buyer comes to ask for a comodity, sometimes before the 
merchant answers that he has it, he sais, is Your pay redy ? Perhaps 
the Chap Reply's, Yes ; what do You pay in ? say's the merchant. The 
buyer having answered, then the price is set; as suppose he wants a 
sixpenny knife, in pay it is 12d — in pay as money eight pence, and hard 
money its own price, viz. 6d. — Madam Knight's Journal. 

1859.] Boston Records. 213 


[Continued from Vol. XII., page 350.] 

Brantrey Birthes. 

Dorothy Downam y e Daughf of Jn° Downam & of Dorothy his wife 
borne 15 : [ ] 58. 

Sam 11 Goole sonne of Francis Goole & of Rose his wife was borne 6 : 

12 : 58. 

Martha Daughter of James Poffer & of Mary his wife was borne 28 : 
10 : 58. 

Hannah Daughter of Nathaniell Harman & of Mary his wife borne 
28 : 11 : 58. 

Experience y e Daughter of Thomas Thayre & of Hannah his wife 
borne 15 : 12 : 58. 

Sarah Daughter of Richard Fackson & of Elizabeth his wife borne 

13 : 1 : 58. 

Sam 11 sonne of George Speere & of Mary his wife borne 16 : 11 : 58. 

Mary Daughter of Sam 11 Kingsly & of Hannah his wife borne 3:1: 58. 

Abigail Daughter of Francis Elliot & of Mary his wife borne 11 : 12 : 

Sarah Daughter of Peter George & of Mary his wife borne 4:3: 58. 

Abigail Daughter of Joseph Adams & of Abigail his wife borne 27 
12 : 58. 

Sarah Daughter of Daniel 1 Shed & of Mary his wife was borne 30 : 8 

Mary Daughter of Allexander Marsh & of Mary his wife borne 21 
12 : 58. 

John Copeland sonne of Lawrence Copeland & of Lyddia his wife 
borne 10 : 12 : 58. 

James & Rebecca y e son & daughter of James Mycall & of Mary his 
wife borne 22 : 11 : 58. 

Sam 11 sonne of Joseph Arnoll & of Rebecca his wife was born 7:6: 

Brantrey Deathes. 

Sarah Daughter of Sam 11 Davis & of Sarah his wife dyed 29 : 6 : 58. 

John Belcheere sonne of Jn° Bellcher & of Sarah his wife dyed 9 : 
12 : 58. 

Dorothy Downam y e Daughter of Jn° Downam & of Dorothy his wife 
dyed 18 : 1 : 58. 

Isaac sonne of Thomas Thayre & of Hannah his wife dyed 30 : 5 : 58. 

Martha Twells Daughter of Rob 1 Twells & of Martha his wife dyed 
17 : 1 : 58. 

Mary Daughter of Sam 11 Kingsly & of Mary his wife dyed 26 : 1 : 58. 

2 mo : 26 : 1659 A transcript of the Birthes & Deathes in the Towne 
of Brantrey dd. [delivered] in by me. John Mills Clark of ye writts. 

Hingham Birthes. 
Deborah Cushin the Daughter of Daniell Cushin borne 18 : 9 : 51. 
Thomas Lincolne y e sonne of Thomas Lincolne & Margarett his wife 
was borne 26 : 10 : 52. 
Daniell Lincolne y e sonne of Samuell Lincolne was borne 1 : 11 : 52. 

214 Boston Records. [July, 

Tabitha Low, the Daughter of John Low borne 7 : 11 : 52. 

Mary Daughter of John Ottis was borne 14 : 1 : 53. 

Francis Garnett y e sonne of John Garnett born 31 : 1 : 53. 

Mary Daughter of George Lane was borne 11:2: 53. 

Isaac Hubbard sonne of Thomas Hubbard was borne 25 : 2 : 53. 

Josiah Leavitt sonne of Jn° Leavitt borne 4:3: 53. 

Deborah Daughter of Thomas Gill was borne 8:3: 53. 

Hannah Daughter of Cornells Cantlebury borne 14 : 3 : 53. 

Martha & Mary Daughte™ of Tho: Nichols borne 3 : 5 : 53. 

John sonne of John Smith was borne 19 : 7 : 53. 

Mary Daughter of Samuell Stowell borne 15 : 8 : 53. 

Mathew sonne of James Whitton was borne 30 : 8 : 53. 

Joseph sonne of James Bate was borne 20 : 9 : 53. 

John sonne of Edmond Pitts was borne 27 : 9 : 53. 

John sonne of Thomas Marsh was borne 20 : 12 : 53. 

Rebecca Daughter of Mr Peter Hubbard was borne 3:2: 54. 

Susan Lincolne Daughter of Daniell Lincolne borne 14 : 3 : 54. 

Enock sonne of Joshua Hubbard borne 20 : 3 : 54. 

Thomas sonne of John Thackster borne 4:4: 54. 

Jeremiah sonne of Daniell Cushen borne 3:5: 

Joshua sonne of Andrew Lane was borne 20 : 6 : 54. 

Nathan sonne of John Farro was borne 17 : 7 : 54. 

Mary Daughter to Cornelius Canterbery borne 29 : 8 : 54. 

Benjamine sonne of John Tower borne 5:9: 54. 

Mary Daughter of John Garnett was borne 8:9: 54. 

Christian Daughter of Nath: Beale was borne 19 : 9 : 54. 

Hannah Daughter of W m Sprague borne 25 : 12 : 54. 

Ephraim Foulshame sonne of Jn° Foulshame was borne 28 : 12 : 54. 

John sonne of John Low was borne 3:2: 55. 

Joshua sonne of John Hussell was borne 6:3: 55. 

Jeremiah sonne of Jeremiah Beale was borne 13 : 3 : 55. 

Mordica sonne of Sam 11 Lincolne was borne 19 : 4 : 55. 

Ephraim Marsh sonne of Thomas Marsh was borne 11:5: 55. 

Samuell sonne of Sam 11 Stowell was borne 18 : 5 : 55. 

Sarah Daughter of Thomas Nichols was borne 20 : 5 : 55. 

Benjamine sonne of James Bate was borne 22 : 5 : 55. 

Hannah Daughter of Mathew Hawke borne 22 : 5 : 55. 

Onesephorus sonne of Onesephorus Marsh 5:9: 55. 

John sonne of Jeremiah Beale was borne 28 : 9 : 55. 

John sonne of James Whitton was borne 2 : 10 : 55. 

Sam 11 sonne of Thomas Gill was borne 10 : 10 : 55. 

Faith Daughter of Edward Patteson was borne 20 : 11 : 55. 

Nehemiah sonne of John Leavitt was borne 21 : 11 : 55. 

John Riply sonne of John Riply was borne 2 : 1 : 56. 

Sam 11 sonne of John Garnett was borne 23 : 1 : 56. 

Joseph sonne of John Thackster was borne 1:4: 56. 

Peter sonne of George Lane was borne 23 : 5 : 56. 

Josiah sonne of Andrew Lane was borne 21 : 10 : 56. 

Joseph sonne of Thomas Andrewes was borne 22 : 7 : 56. 

Stephen sonne of Jn° Hasell was borne 10 : 8 : 56. 

Moses sonne of Thomas Hubbard was borne 2 : 10 : 56. 

John sonne of John Manfeild was borne 15 : 9 : 56. 

Abigail Daughter of Mr Peter Hubbard borne 19 : 8 : 56. 

1859.] Boston Records. 215 

Cornelius sonne of Cornelius Cantlebury borne 11 : 11 : 56. 
Jeremy sonne of Edmond Pitts was borne 25 : 11 : 56. 
Daniell sonne of Daniell Lincolne was borne 22 : 12 : 56. 
Deborah Daughter of Rich d Church was borne 27 : 1 : 57. 
Benoni sonne of Moses Collier was borne 5:2: 57. 
Phillip sonne of Francis James was borne 19 : 2 : 57. 
Theophilus sonne of Daniell Cushen was borne 29 : 3 : 57. 
Mordica sonne of Samuell Lincolne was borne 14 : 4 : 57. 
Hannah Daughter of Onesephorus Masch borne 28 : 4 : 57. 
Deborah Daughter of John Garnett was borne 5:5: 57. 
Caleb sonne of Andrew Lane was borne 20 : 5 : 57. 
Sallomon sonne of James Bate was borne 23 : 6 : 57. 
Deborah Daughter of John Prince was borne 25 : 6 : 57. 
William sonne of William Hersy was borne 13 : 8 : 57. 
John sonne of John Ottis was borne 21 : 9 : 57. 
John sonne Richard Croad was borne 26 : 9 : 57. 
John sonne of Rob 1 Dunbar was borne 1 : 10 : 57. 
Nathaniell Gill sonne of Tho: Gill borne 7 : 12 : 57. 
David & Jonathan sonnes of James Whitton borne 22 : 12 : 57. 
Mary Daughter of Thomas Marsh borne 22 : 12 : 57. 
Sarah Daughter of John Jacob was borne 6 : 10 : 57. 

Hingham Marriages. 
Jeremiah Beale marryed vnto Sarah Riply 18 : 8 : 52. 
Mathew Cushen was marryed vnto Sarah Jacob 25 : 11 : 52. 
William Riply was marryed vnto Widdow Thackster 29 : 7 : 54. 
Onesephorus Marsh was marryed vnto Hannah Cuttler 6:11: 54. 
Moses Collier was marryed vnto Elizabeth Joans 29 : 1 : 55. 
Rechard Croad was marryed vnto Francis Hersie 29 : 3 : 56. 
Joseph Grafton was marryed vnto Hannah Hubbard 30 : 8 : 57. 
Moses Collier was marryed vnto Elizabeth Bullard 17 : 10 : 57. 
John Loaring was marryed vnto Mary Baker 16 : 10 : 57. 
Thomas Loaring was marryed vnto Hannah Jacob 16 : 10 : 57. 
Caleb Hubbard was marryed vnto Elizabeth Church the 20th of Janu- 
ary 1657. 

Joseph Bate was marryed vnto Hester Hilliard 28 : 11 : 57. 
William Hersie was marryed vnto Rebecca Chubbuck 1:7: 56. 


Isaac Wright dyed 29 : 9 : 52. 

Sarah Woodcocke wife of William Woodcocke dyed 27 : 9 : 52. 
Sarah Prince Daughter of John Prince dyed 21 : 3 : 53. 
Margarett Ottis wife of John Ottis dyed 28 : 4 : 53. 
Thomas Thackster dyed Feb 14 : 53. 
Tabitha Low Daughter of John Low dyed 9:6: 54. 
Mordica Lincolne sonne of Sam 11 Lincolne dyed 9:5: 55. 
Thomas Lawrence dyed 5:9: 55. 
William Reply dyed 20 : 5 : 56. 

Elizabeth Collier wife of Moses Collier dyed 10 : 2 : 57. 
Nicholas Jacob dyed 5:4: 57. 

These are the birthes marriages & deaths in Hingham, Given in to the 
Record r by me, John Fearing, Clarke of the Writts. 

216 Boston Records. [July 5 



John sonne of Jn° Turner & of Deborah his wife borne 3 : 1 : 51. 

John sonne of Francis Hamon & of Sarah his wife was borne 6:2: 

Hannah Daughter of John Ellice & of Susan his wife was borne 9:2: 

Joseph sonne of Samuell Bullin & of Mary his wife was borne 6:7: 

Benjamine sonne of Nicholas Rockwood & of Joan his wife was borne 
8 : 7 : 51. 

Jonathan sonne of Nicholas Wood & of Mary his wife was borne 8 : 
11 : 51. 

Joseph sonne of James Alin & of Mary his wife was borne 24 : 4 : 52. 

John sonne of Henry Adams & of Elizabeth his wife was borne 14 : 
5 : 52. 

John sonne of Joseph Clarke & of Mary his wife borne 28 : 8 : 52. 

Sarah Daughter of Benjamine Albie & Hannah his wife borne 11:1: 

Mary Daughter of Abram Harding & of Elizabeth his wife borne May 
1 : 53. 

Lyddia Daughter of Edward Adams & of Lyddia his wife borne 12 : 
5 : 53. 

Ephraim sonne of Sam" Bullin & of Mary his wife borne 18 : 5 : 53. 

Bethshua Daughter of Daniell Morse & of Lyddia his wife borne 20 : 

5 : 53. 
Joseph sonne of John Plimton & Jane his wife borne 7:8: 53. 
Abiell Daughter of John Wight & Ann his wife was borne Jan 1 : 53. 
Isaac sonne of John Turner & of Deborah his wife borne 25 : 6 : 54. 
Moses sonne of Henry Adams &; of Elezabeth his wife was borne 26 : 

8 : 54. 

Elizabeth Daughter of John Bower & Mary his wife was borne 26 : 
3 : 54. 

Hannah Daughter of George Barbar & Elizabeth his wife was borne 
16 : 2 : 54. 

Sarah Daughter of Francis Hamon & Sarah his wife borne 28 : 5 : 55. 

Abram sonne of Abram Harding & of Elizabeth his wife borne 15 : 

6 : 55. ' 
Mehitabel Daughter of John Plimton & of Jane his wife borne 15 : 7 : 


Mehitabel Daughter of Nicholas Wood & of Mary his wife borne 22 : 
5 : 55. 

Melatia Daughter of Sam 11 Bullin & of Mary his wife borne 15 : 7 : 55. 

Hopestill sonne of Henry Lealand & of Margaret his wife was borne 

15 : 9 : 55. 
John sonne of Thomas Mason & of Margery his wife was borne 3:9: 


Jonathan sonne of Edward Adams & Lydia his wife borne 4:2: 55. 
Zacharia sonne of George Barbar & of Elizabeth his wife borne 29 : 

7 : 56. 
Eliazer sonne of William Partridge & of Sarah his wife borne 13 : 

3 : 56. 

Experience Daughter of Henry Leland & of Margaret his wife borne 

16 : 3 : 56. 

1859.] Boston Records. 217 

John sonne of John Partridge & of Magdalen his wife was borne 21 

7 : 56. 
-Elizabeth Daughter of M r John Willson & of Sarah his wife borne 24 

8 : 56. 
John sonne of Thomas Thurston & of Sarah his wife was borne 4 : 1 


Hannah Daughter of Peter Adams & Rachell his wife was borne 16 
11 : 56. 

Elizabeth Daughter of Nicholas Rockwood & Margaret his wife was 
borne 3 : 2 : 57. 

Elizabeth Daughter of Isaac Chinery & Elizabeth his wife was borne 
6:2: 57. 

Henry sonne of Henry Adams & of Elizabeth his wife was borne 19 : 

9 : 57. 

Jonathan sonne of John Plimpton & of Jane his wife was borne 23 : 
9 : 57. 

Abigail Daughter of Nicholas Wood & Mary his wife borne 3:7: 57. 

Ebenezer sonne of Henry Lealand & of Margaret his wife borne 2 
11 : 57. 

Nathaniell sonn of Daniell Morse & of Lydia his wife was borne 20 

11 : 57. 
Mary Daughter of Thomas Mason & of Margery his wife borne 8 

12 : 57. 

Meadfeild Deathes. 

John Wight deceased the 28 : 10 : 53. 

Susanna wife of John Elice deceased 4:2: 53. 

Abram Harding deceased 22 : 1* : 54. 

Samuell Morse deceased 5 : 10 : 54. 

Elizabeth Morse deceased 20 : 4 : 55. 

Sarah wife of William Partridge deceased 16 : 3 : 56. 

Meadfeild Marriages. 

Thomas Mason & Margery Partridge were marryed 23 : 2 : 53. By 
Cap 1 Lusher of Dedham. 

William Partridge & Sarah Peirce were marryed 23 : 9 : 54. by Major 

Isaac Chinery & Elizabeth Camline were marryed 16 : 9 : 54. 

Thomas Thurston & Sarah Thaxter were marryed 13 : 10 : 55. by 
Cap 1 Lusher. 

John Pateridge & Madalin Bullerd were marryed 18:10: 55. by Cap* 

Thomas Holbrooke & Hannah Sheppard were marryed 28 : 3 : 56. 

Nicholas Rockwood & Margaret Holliocke marryed 16 : 5 : 56. 

Benjamine Craine & Ellinor Bricke was marryed 12 : 7 : 56. 

John Frary & Elizabeth Harding was marryed 25 : 10 : 56. 

William Partridge & Sarah Colborne was marryed 19 : 9 : 56. 

John Elice & Joan Clap was marryed 26 : 4 : 56. by Major Atharton. 

Thomas Elice & Mary Wight was marryed 21 : 3 : 57. 

These are the names of the Birthes, Marryages & Deathes with y e Date 
thereof since I was Chosen Clarke of the writts. Henry Addams. 

* On the following page of the record, it says 3d month. 


Boston Records. 


More Berthes of Meadfeild. 

Judith Daughter of Thomas Elice & of Mary his wife was borne 15 : 

2 : 58. 

Hannah Daughter of John Partridge & of Magdalin his wife was borne 
15 : 2 : 58. 

Nath sonne of Joseph Clarke & of Alice his wife was borne 6:8: 58. 

Mary Daughter of John Turner & of Deborah his wife was borne 18 : 
9 : 58. 

Joseph sonne of John Medcalfe & Mary his wife was borne Novemb r 
22 : 58. 

Abigail Daughter of John Hill & Hannah his wife borne 2 : 12 : 58. 

Elizabeth Daughter of Jn° Fisher & of Elizabeth his wife borne 6 : 
12 : 58. 

Thomas sonne of Thomas Thuston & of Sarah his wife borne 11 : 
12 : 58. 

Eliashib sonne of Edward Adams & of Lydia his wife borne 18 : 
12 : 58. 

Marriages of Meadfeild. 

Gershom Whellocke & Hannah Stodder marryed by Cap 1 Tory 18 : 

3 : 58. 

Jn° Fisher & Elizabeth Boilston marryed by M r Bellingham 6:2: 58. 
Alexander Louell & Lydia Albee marryed by Major Atharton 30 : 8 : 

Boston Birthes. 

Ellis. Anna y e Daughter of Edmond Ellis & of Sarah his wife was 

borne ye l l 5th day of Febr. 1658. 
Dowse. Mary y e Daughter of Francis Dowse & of Katherin his wife 

was borne y e 30 th day of Janvary 1658. 
Stretton. William y e sonne of Bartholmew Stretton & of Elizabeth 

his wife was borne the 30 t,] day of Janvary 1658. 
Hull. William y e sonne of Thomas Hull & of Hannah his wife 

was borne 23 of Janvary 1658. 
Cole. John y e sonne of John Cole & of Susanna his wife was borne 

23 day of Janvary 1658. 
Sanford. Bethshua y e Daughter of Robert Sanford & of Elizabeth his 

wife was borne y e 6 : day of Jan. 1658. 
Roberts. Samuell y e sonne of Symon Roberts & of Christian his wife 

was borne y e 18 day of M r ch 1658. 
Baker. Rachell y e Daughter of Thomas Baker & of Leah his wife 

was borne y e 7 th day of Febr. 1658. 
Jackson. Elisha y e sonne of Edmond Jackson, & of Mary his wife 

was borne y e 12 day of Febr. 1658. 
Ballantine. David y e sonne of William Ballantine & of Hannah his wife 

was borne the 5 th of Febru. 1658. 
Howe. Thomas the sonne of Joseph Howe & of Francis his wife 

was borne the 7 th day of Febr. 1658. 
Buttler. Benjamine ye sonne of Stephen Buttler & of Jane his wife 

was borne y e 10 th day of Febr. 1658. 
Woodde. Richard y e sonne of Richard Woody & of Francis his wife 

was borne y e 3 d day of December 1658. 
Shrimpton. Bethia y e Daughter of M r Henry Shrimpton & of Ellinor 

his wife was borne y e 30 th day of Janr. 1658. 


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Mary y e Daughter of Nathaniell Wales & of Isabell his wife 

was borne y e 9 th of Febr. 1658. 
Mary ye Daughter of Tho: Fitch & of Martha his wife was 

borne ye 17th day of Febr. 1658. 
David y e sonne of David Evans & of Martha his wife was 

borne y e 2 d day of Febr. 1658. 
Oulando y e sonne of Oulando Bagly & of Sarah his wife 

was borne ye 18 th day of Febr. 1658. 
Henry y e sonne of John Chamberline & of Anne his wife, 

was borne y e 3 d day of Febr. 1658. 
John y e sonne of John Jackson & of Jane his wife borne y e 

11th day of Febr. 1658. 
Elizabeth y 9 Daughter of Clement Grosse, & of Mary his 

wife was borne y e 5th f M r ch 165-^. 
Sarah y e Daughter of John Griffine & of Susanna his wife 

was borne y e 10th of M r ch 16||. 
James y e sonne of Peter Olliver & of Sarah his wife was 

borne y e 19 fc h day of M^ch 16|§. 
Thomas y e sonne of Richard Staines & of Joice his wife 

was borne y e 16 th day of August 1658. 
Peter y e sonne of John Ingoldsby & of Ruth his wife borne 

y 8th day of M^ch 1658. 
Rebecca y e Daughter of M r William Paddy & of Mary his 

wife borne y e 3 of August 1659. 
Lydia y e Daughter of Jeremiah Murrells & of Sarah his 

wife borne y e 30th day of M r ch 1659. 
Jonathan y e sonne of William Read & of Ruth his wife borne 

23th of Aprill 1659. 
Mehetable ye Daughter of Samuell Gallop & of Mary his 

wife borne 5 th day of Aprill 1659. 
Anne y e Daughter of John Checkly & of Ann his wife borne 

the 22th of Aprill 1659. 
Mary y e Daughter of Lyonell Wheatly & of Ellino 1 his wife 

borne the 14th day of Aprill 1659. 
Richard y e sonne of John Davis & of Returne his wife borne 

y e 15 th day of Aprill 1659. 
Anne y e Daughter of Thomas Walker & of Anne his wife 

was borne y e first day of May 1659. 
Samuell y e sonne of Tho: Smith & of Elizabeth his wife 

borne y e 20 th day of Aprill 1659. 
James y e sonne of Roger Burges & of Sarah his wife was 

borne y e 24th day of Aprill 1659. 
Moses y e sonne of Thomas Stevens & of Sarah his wife 

borne y e 22 th of Aprill 1659. 
John y e sonne of John Scate & of Sarah his wife borne y e 

14 th day of Aprill 1659. 
Mary y e Daughter of M' Thomas Lake & of Mary his wife 

borne y e first of May 1659. 
Mary y e Daughter of John Williams & of Mary his wife 

borne 29th of M'ch 1659. 
Nathaniell y e sonne of Nathaniell Sherman & of Grace his 

wife borne y e 19^ of Decemb r 1659. 


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Russell. Elizabeth y e Daughter of William Russell & of Alice his 

wife borne 22 th of Aprill 1659. 
Brookin. John y e sonne of John Brookin & of Elizabeth his wife was 

borne y e 11 th of Mav 1659. 
Browne. Elizabeth y e Daughter of Will. Browne & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 5 th of May 1659. 
Blackleach. Elizabeth y r Daughter of John Blackleach junio r & of Eliza- 
beth his wife borne y c 25 th of May 59. 
Watkin. Thomas v Bonne of Thomas Watkin az of Elizabeth his wife 

borne y e 10 lh o( May 1659. 
Messinger. Priscilla y r Daughter of Henry Mcssinger, & of Sarah his 

Allen. Martha & Man j Dauj of Hope Allen being twines 

& of Rachel) his wife home 15"' June 59. 
BuckneU. Nathaniel] \ r sonne of Samuel Bucknell & of Sarah his 

wife was borni 1 ] me lti.">9. 
Beh- Mary y* Daughti r of Edward Belcher & of Mary his wife 

- borne y 1 of Aprill 1659. 
Knight* Mary j Daughter of Richard Knight & of Johannah liis 

wife borne 25th of Janvary 1658. 
Sumner. Hannah v Daughter of William Sumner & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 10 of June 59. 
Snrll. iniia y Daughter of John Bnell & of Phillip his wife was 

borne 21 of .1 IN 59. 

Turrell. Samuell y* sonne of Daniell Turrell & of Lydia his wife 
borne i I June 1659. 

Scottmr. Thomas j Bonne of Ensigne Joshua Scottow & of Lydis 

his wife was borne last June 59. 
Waldren. Elnalhan y Bonne of Cap 1 Richard Wahln n & of Anne his 

wife borne 6* July ]<>r>!>. 
Carwithy. Elizabeth y' Daughter of Joshua Carwithy & of Elizabeth 
his wife borne 6* of June (59.) 

Allen. John y* sonne of Edward Allen & of Martha his wife was 

borne Xi 1th of June (59.) 
Sheof'e. Jacob y e sonne of Jacob Sheafe deceased & of Margaret his 

wife' borne 23 of July (59.) 
Ifickes. Elizabeth y c Daughter of Richard Hicks & of Mary his wife 

borne 25 lh July 1659. 
Pearse. Martha & Mary lVarse being twins y* Daughf" of W m Pearse 

vV of Ester his wife borne 26 May (59.) 
Reynolds. Sarah v e Daughter of Nathaniel! Reynolds & of Sarah his 

wife' borne 26 th July (59.) 
Powning. Sarah y' Daughter of lien: Powning & of Elizabeth his wife 

borne 3 d August (59.) 
Sutton. Sarah y e Daughter of Joseph Sutton & of Sarah his wife 

borne Last July (59.) 
Barlow. Sarah v e Daughter of Tho: Barlow & of Elizabeth his wife 

borne 18 th July (59.) 
Scottow. Thomasin y e Daughter of Tho. Scottow & of Sarah his 

wife borne 14 th August (59.) 
Phipeny. Elizabeth y e Daughter of Gamaliel Phipeny & of Sarah his 

wife borne 10 th August 1659. 
[To he Continued.] 

1859.] Rev. Robert Jordan. 221 


[ByW.E Wiiitmore.] 

We have mentioned, in a preceding article, one of the noble deeds of 
Rev. Robert Jordan. This gentleman and Rev. Richard Gibson were the 
pioneers of Episcopacy in Maine. Mr. Gibson left the country about the 
year 1642, but Jordan remained at the post of duty, and never relinquished 
his stand as a churchman, or his professional character. It is one of the 
strange omissions in Rev. Dr. Sprague's Annals of the American Pulpit, — 
an appropriate memoir of so distinguished and faithful a churchman. He 
was the soul of the opposition to Massachusetts, and a chief supporter to 
the Royal Commissioners and the anti-Puritan polity. It is much to be 
desired that the Hon. Win. Willis of Portland, out of his abundant knowl- 
edge, would furnish a fitting tribute to the memory of this indefatigable 
missionary and leader of the forlorn hope of Episcopacy in Maine. He 
was from the west of England, perhaps from Melcomb, where a merchant 
of the same name, Robert Jordan, dwelt. He was born, perhaps, about 
the year 1611, and came to Maine, (Richmond's Island,) as early as 
1610.* This island, near the entrance to Portland harbor, was an impor- 
tant commercial plantation, under the government of Mr. John Winter, 
whose only child, Sarah, became the wife of Mr. Jordan. By this mar- 
riage Mr. Jordan became one of the great land-proprietors and wealthy 
men of that region, a source of influence which he failed not to exert in 
favor of his church and politics. t The Rev. Richard Mather, on his voy>- 
age from England in 1635, touched at Richmond's Island and noted the 
fact in his journal. J Mr. Thomas Willett of New Plimouth, and after- 
wards mayor of New York, had, just before the time of Mather's visit, 
escaped to Richmond's Island, having been driven by the French from 
Penobscott, and took passage in the ship with Mather for Massachusetts. 
Of Jordan's family I have learnt the following particulars: — By wife 
Sarah he had John, who m. Elizabeth, dan. of Elias Stileman ; Robert; 
Dominicus, who m. Hannah, dau, of Ralph Tristram of Saco, and was 
killed by Indians in 1703 ; Jedidiah, Samuel, and Jeremiah. Dominicus 
had issue, with others, Elizabeth, who m. Capt. Humphrey Scammon and 
had Dominicus, who, by wife Rebecca, dau. of Capt. Daniel Smith, had 
Elizabeth, wife of Col. Thomas Cutts, father of Hon. Richard Cutts of 
Washington, and father-in-law of Dr. Thomas Gilbert Thornton, many 
years marshal of Maine. 

By the kindness of George D. Phippen, Esq., of Salem, we are enabled 
to present a document which throws considerable light upon the Jordan 

He has in his possession a tabular pedigree of his family and connex- 
ions in England, prepared at a very early date, by Joseph Phippen or 
Fitzpen, eldest son of David Phippen the emigrant, and who probably 
accompanied his father to this country in 1635. He was living at Fal- 
mouth in the neighborhood of Jordan as early as 1650, and to him Jordan 
made one of his earliest conveyances of land. 

This document was copied in 1768, upward of a century after its first 
preparation, and re-copied in 1808, the latter copy being the earliest now 
in existence. It has upon it the arms of Peirce, Holton, Jordaine, Fitz- 
pen, and Fitzpen impaling Pie, and Burges impaling Pie ; these arms are 

* Willis's Portland, I., 154; Folsom's Saco and Biddeford, 79. 

t Maine Hist. Coll. v. 228. J Mather's Journal, ed. 1850, pp. 27-30. 

222 Rev. Robert Jordan. [July, 

arranged around an emblazoned caption, the text of which had become 
illegible before the copy of 1808 was taken, as also much of the contents 
of the numerous bordered enclosures which follow the arms, and which 
formerly contained the several pedigrees and connexions ; enough of 
which, however, still remains to more than prove this assertion, and which 
is remarkably corroborated and defects therein supplied by the Herald's 
Visitation of Cornwall in 1620, now preserved among the Harleian manu- 
scripts in the British Museum. These enclosures, where the margins are 
not obliterated, are occasionally connected in pairs by two intervening 
hearts, implying marriage as fully as could be done by written language. 
From two of said enclosures we learn that " Robt. Jordaine Gent, left 
issue Robert," and that he married " Cokers of in Bland- 
ford," for his first wife ; "a second wife brought him issue, Henry." 

Two other tablets state, that " Robt. Jordaine, merchant in Melcomb, 
left issue, Cokers, Jane and Edward," and that "Robt. Fitspen" married 
u Cicely Jordaine." The Herald's Visitation of 1620 explains that this 
Robt. Fitspen was of Weymouth, in Dorsetshire, and the father of David 
Phippen above mentioned; and that his wife Cicely was the "daughter of 
Thomas Jordon," also of Dorsetshire. The parish records of Melcomb 
Regis, the adjoining town to Weymouth, record their marriage " 18 Sept. 
1580," and also state that " Robt. Jordan was burried there, Oct. 12, 
1589." It therefore appears somewhat more than probable that Joseph 
Phippen, who was somewhat conspicuous in the early days of Falmouth, 
now Portland, was induced to leave Massachusetts proper, and settle there, 
from advantages held out by the Rev. Robt. Jordan, undoubtedly his 

We would also say that the record of the Phippen Family, prepared by 
Mr. Phippen, is the most beautifully executed MS. we have ever seen. 
We trust he will soon have it printed, with engravings of the above, and 
other arms and illustrations with which it is emblazoned ; for his copy 
must remain unique, as only a labor of love could prompt the taste and 
care so visible on every page of his volume. The colors of some of the 
charges of the arms mentioned are apparently wrong, and that of the 
shields omitted, which errors may have arisen from the fancy of the copy- 
ist. We give them as they are, noting variations : — 

1. Peirce. — Two bends sable. This ordinary was used in several 
forms by the family of Pearse. See Burke. 

2. Holton. — On a bend or, three eagles displayed. Burke gives the 
field azure, and the eagles gules. 

3. Jordaine. — A lion rampant, between nine cross crosslets. Burke 
says, azure, and between three crosses or. 

4. Fitzpen. — Two bends azure, in chief three escallops. In another 
section of the same document these arms are given as described by 
Burke, viz. : argent, two bends sable, escallops of the second. 

5. Pye. — Three escallops in fesse. Burke gives several coats, the 
fields and charges of different colors, but puts them on a fesse. This 
may be owing to the obliteration of the lines of the fesse. 

6. Burgess. — A fesse chequy argent and gules, in chief three cross 
crosslets. Burke has not this coat precisely, but has various modifications. 

i — »— » 

Items from the Records of Wtndham, Conn. — 1697. Jany. 20. 
Voted to build Meeting House 30 feet long, 24 wide, 12 feet posts. 

1713. Dec r . 14. Voted to build School House, 16 feet square and 6 
feet between joints. J. c. of h. 

1859.] " Letter to William Penn. 223 

[From Blome's Present State of British America, published in 1687.] 

Philadelphia, the Third of the Sixth Month, (August) 1685. 

HAving an opportunity by a Ship from this River (out of which sev- 
eral have gone this year) I thought fit to give a short account of Proceed- 
ings, as to Settlement here, and the Improvement both in Town and 
Countrey : As to the Countrey, the Improvements are large, and Settle- 
ments very much thronged, by way of Township and Villages, great 
inclination to planting Orchards, which are easily raised, and some brought 
to perfection, much Hay-seed sown, and much planting of Corn this year, 
and great product said to be, both of Wheat, Rye and Rice; Barly and 
Oats prove very well ; besides Indian Corn and Pease of several sorts ; 
also Kidney-Beans, and English Pease of several kinds, I have had in my 
own ground, with English Roots, Turnips, Parsnips, Carrots, Onions, 
Leeks, Radishes and Cabbages, with abundance of Herbs and Flowers : 
I know but of few Seeds that have miss'd, except Rosemary Seed, which 
being English, might be old. Also I have such plenty of Pumkins, Musk- 
Melons, Water Melons, Squashes, Coshaws, Bucks-hens, Cucumbers and 
Simnels of divers sorts, admired at by new comers, that the Earth should 
so plentifully cast forth, especially the first years breaking up, and on that 
which is counted the worst sort of Sandy Land. I am satisfied, and many 
more, that the Earth is very fertil, and the Lord hath done his part, if 
man use but a moderate diligence : Grapes, Mulberries, and many wild 
Fruits, and natural Plums in abundance this year have I seen and eat of. 
A brave Orchard and Nursery have I planted, and they thrive mightily, 
and bear Fruit the first year ; I endeavour to get choice of Fruits and 
Seeds from many parts; also Hay-Seed, and have sowed a Field this 
Spring for Trial. First, I burned the Leaves, then had it grubb'd, not the 
Fields, but the small Roots up, then sow'd great and small Clovers, with 
a little old Grass-Seed, and had it only raked over, not plowed nor har- 
rowed, and it grows exceedingly : Also, for Experience, I sowed some 
Patches of the same sort in my Garden, and dunged some, and that grows 
worst ; I have planted the Irish Potatoes, and hope to have a brave en- 
crease to transplant next year. Captain Rapel (the Frenchman) saith, 
he made good Wine of the Grapes of the Country last year, and trans- 
planted some, but intends to make more this year ; also a Frenchman in 
this Town intends the same ; for Grapes are very plentiful. 

Now as to the Town of Philadelphia, it goes on in Planting and Build- 
ing to admiration, both in the Front and backward, and there are about 
600 Houses in three years time ; and since I built my Brick-House, the 
Foundation of which was laid at my going, which I design after a good 
manner, to encourage others, and that from building with Wood ; it being 
the first, many take example ; and some that built wooden Houses, are 
sorry for it ; Brick Building is said to be as cheap : Bricks are exceed- 
ing good, and better than when I built, more makers fallen in, and Bricks 
cheaper; they were before at 16s. English, per Thousand, and now 
many brave Brick houses are going up with good Cellars. Arthur Cook 
is building him a brave Brick House near William Frampton's, on the 
Front ; for William Frampton hath since built a good Brick House, by 
his Brew-house and Bake-house, and lett the other for an Ordinary. John 
Wheeler from New England, is building a good Brick House by the Blew 

224 Robert Turner's Letter to W?n. Penn. [July? 

Anchor, and the two Brick-makers a double Brick House and Cellars ; 
besides several other going on. Samuel Carpenter has built another 
House by his. I am building another Brick House by mine, which is 
three large Stories high, besides a good large Brick Cellar under it of two 
Bricks and a half thickness in the Wall, and the next Story half under 
ground ; the Cellar has an arched Door for a Vault to go (under the 
Street) to the River, and so to bring in Goods, or deliver out. Humphrey 
Murry, from New York, has built a large Timber-House with Brick 
Chimneys. John Test has almost finished a good Brick House, and a 
Bake-house of Timber; and N. Alien a good House next to Thomas 
Wynnes Front-Lot. John Day a good House after the London fashion, 
most Brick with a large Frame of Wood in the Front, for Shop-windows ; 
all these have Balconies. Thomas Smith and Daniel Pege are Partners, 
and set to making of Brick this year, and they are very good : Also 
Pastours, the German Friend ; Agent for the Company at Frankford, 
with his Dutch People, are preparing to make Bricks next year. Samuel 
Carpenter is our Lime-burner on his Wharf. Brave Lime-stone is found 
here, as the Workmen say, being proved. We build most Houses with 
Balconies. Lots are much desired in the Town ; great buying one of 
another. We are now laying the Foundation of a large plain Brick 
House for a Meeting-House, in the Center (sixty foot long, and about 
forty foot broad) and hope to have it soon up, there being many hearts 
and hands at work that will do it : A large Meeting-house, fifty foot long, 
and thirty eight broad also going on the front of the River, for an Evening- 
Meeting, the Work going on apace ; many Towns-people setling their Lib- 
erty-Lands. I hope the Society will rub off the Reproaches some have cast 
upon them. We now begin to gather in something of our many great Debts. 

I do understand three Companies for Whale-catching, are designed to 
fish in the Rivers-mouth this Season, and find through the great plenty of 
Fish, they may begin early. A Fisherman this year found a way to catch 
Whitings in this River; and it is expected, many sorts of Fish more than 
has been yet caught, may be taken by the skilful. Fish are in such 
plenty, that many sorts on Tryal, have been taken with Nets in the Win- 
ter-time. The Swedes laughing at the English for going to try, have 
since tried themselves. The River is so big, and full of several sorts of 
brave Fish, that its believed, except frozen over, we may catch any time 
in the Winter. It is great pity, but two or three experienced Fishermen 
were here to ply this River, to salt, and serve, fresh Fish to the Town. 
A good way to pickle Sturgeon is wanting ; such abundance being in the 
River, even before the Town : many are catcht, boy led, and eaten. Last 
Winter great plenty of Deer were brought in by the Indians and English 
from the Country. We are generally very well and healthy here, but 
abundance dead in Maryland this Summer. 

The Manufacture of Linnen by the Germans goes on finely, and they 
make fine Linnen. Samuel Carpenter having been lately there, declares, 
They had gathered one Crop of Flax, and had sown the second, and saw 
it come up well, and, they say, might have had forwarder and better, had 
they had old Seed, and not stayed so long for the growth of the new Seed 
to sow again. I may believe it, for large has my experience been this 
year, though in a small piece of ground, to the admiration of many. 

I thought fit to signifie thus much, knowing thou wouldst be glad to 
hear of the People and Provinces welfare : The Lord preserve us all, and 
make way for thy return, which is much desired, not only by our friends, 
but all sorts, I am, fyc. thy truly Loving Friend, Robert Turner. 

1859.] The Norton Family. 225 


The following document, copied from the original now in the possession 
of Charles-Eliot Norton, Esq., of Cambridge, possesses a strong claim on 
the attention of our readers. But very few of the first settlers here have 
left any clue by which their ancestry can now be traced ; and the present 
is almost the only case I have found where a carefully drawn pedigree 
appears to have been brought by a settler. The manuscript is a large 
sheet of parchment, bearing a tabular pedigree, of which we give the 
substance, adorned with the various coats-of-arms in the successive gen- 
erations, and was apparently drawn up by the Somerset herald. The 
present copy was made from the original, and, on all doubtful points, 
reference has been had to a copy made in 1802, at which time the writing 
was of course more legible. 

Perhaps the reason for the compilation of this pedigree was this : — 
Thomas Norton, who " added the residue partly," married the daughter 
and the niece of Archbishop Crammer, and the position he must have been 
placed in, would account for his desire to investigate his pedigree. Wil- 
liam Norton, who came to this country, was a near relative of Thomas. 
He might well desire to have a copy of this family document ; and it has 
been preserved in his branch of the family to the present time. The 
early portion of the pedigree is meagre. The compiler evidently labored 
to trace the Nortons to the old family of Norvile, and, having done this, 
he took the pedigree of that family, probably, as it was recorded at the 
Heralds 1 College. 

In copying, I have placed letters (A, &c.) wherever a coat-of-arms was 
painted, and these will be described in a note at the end. w. h. w. 

On the left side are two notes. The first reads — 

" This Genealogie of the Nortons of Sharpenhow in Bedfordshire, 
beginninge at Noruile that married into the howse Valois, and came into 
England with Kinge William the Conquer 1 ", and was his Constable ; whose 
posteritie, long time after, assumed the English name of Norton, being 
the same in signification that Noruile is in French. For the proof whereof 
it is to be understood that this pedigree agreeth with records remaining in 
the office of Armes .... in one book of pedigree, late William Haruie's, 
Clarencieux King of Armes, couered in Read, and set forth in trick, as 
far as Noruile, wch. was sonn of Sr. John Noruile, alias Norton, and 
married with the daughter of Montchensie, and to Joan daughter of Sr. 
John, and her issue." 

Underneath this is the following : — 

" In an ancient Mansion Hous in Fulham, in the Countie of Midd. 
sometime the possession of Thomas Windowt, Alderman of London, and 
now hoc anno 1632, the possession of Mr. Williamson, procurator in the 
Court of Arches, London, the armes of Norton are in manie places re- 
maining and the Bassingbourne's Armes quartered with theirs. There 
are also impailed the armes of Norland and Norton, quarteringe Bassing- 
bourn and Walker, impaled with Norton ; also the armes of Mr. Hill and 
Mr Rice, impaled with Norland." Pr. John Philepott, Somersett. 

On the right are also two notes. The first says — 
" It appeares likewise by another book of pedegrees, late the said 

226 The Norton Family. [July, 

William Haruie's, covered with parchment, havinge on the right side 
upon corner written " Wendout," and sett forth in coulers ; saving that in 
the first book, is Joane said to be sister to the said Sr. John, and in the 
second, she is sett downe to be his daughter, as truth is : and in that sec- 
ond book, Joane is said to be married first to Norland and after to Walker, 
which contrarie as appeareth by her owne testament, made by the name 
of Joane Norland, widow, wherein she alsoe maketh mention of her chil- 
dren by Walker. Now for proof that the Nortons of Sharpenhow are 
descended from the aforesaid Sr. John Noruile, als. Norton, is to be known 
that Sr. John Norton had one other son, named John Norton, dwelling 
at Sharpenhow, as appeareth by the testament of the said Joane, daugh- 
ter of the said Sr. John ; which John Norton, dwelling at Sharpenhow, 
had issue John, Joane, Isabel, and Alee, as appeareth by the several tes- 
taments of Joane Norland and Agues Wenger, her daughter. The said 
John Norton, son of John, married his second wife Jane, daughter of 
Cowper, and had issue Thomas Norton, as appeareth by the testament of 
Agnes Winger, recorded in the Prerogative Office." 

Underneath is written — 

"The Residue [of] this pi degree ifl partly added by Thomas Nor- 
ton, Esq., Bonn of the said Thomas with his owne hand yet extant, and 
for the most part within memory, and continix d downe to this present 
yeare 1632, by the informeon of Mr. Robert Norton the elder, sonn of 
the said Mr. Thomas Norton the younger.* 1 

1. Le Signr. de Noruile came into England with William the Conqueror 

and was his Constable. lie married into the house of Valois.(A) 

2. Sr. de Noruile married in the house of Barr.(B) 

3. Sr. de Noruile married into the house of Dalhemonte.(C) 

4. Sr. de Noruile married Auelina, daughter of Neuil of Raby.(D) 

5. Sr. de Noruile married Joricia, daughter of Sigr. Damprede Court. (E) 

6. Sr. de Noruile alias Norton, married the daughter of Sir John 


7. Sr. de Noruile alias Norton, married the daughter and coheiress of 

Monsignr. Bassingbourne,(G) and had Elizabeth, who m. Roger 
Hill of co. Stafford. And 

8. Sir John Norton alias Noruile, who married the daughter of the Lord 

Grey de Ruthyn,(H) by whom he had 
i. John, of whom hereafter. 

ii. , a son, who m. a daughter of Montchencie.(I) 

in. Joane, who married first William Walker, and had 

i. Agnes, who m. John Winger, and had Nicholas, George, 
and Elizabeth Winger. She m. secondly Thomas Nor- 
land^) of London, Alderman, and had 

i. Lettice, who m. 1st, Mr. Hill & 2d, Symond Rice 

of London, 
ii. Katharine, who m. 1st, Thomas Windowt(K) of 
London, Alderman, and had 
i. Bartholomew, who m. Anne Hull, and had 
Bartholomew and Katharine, who m. John 
Delaywodd. His widow (Anne Hull) m. 2d, 
Wm. Brothers of London, 
ii. Jane, who m. William Haddon, son of Sr. 

1859.] The Norton Family. 227 

Richard by his first wife, and had Catherine, 
who m. Robert Coldwell, and Thomas who 
m. the dau. of Saunders, and was the father 
of Francis Haddon of co. Hertford. 

iv. Katharine, 

9. John Norton of Sharpenhow, in Bedfordshire, m. , and had 

i. John. 

II. Jane. 

in. Isabel. 

iv. Alice. 

10. John Norton of Sharpenhow married first a daughter of Mr. Danie, 

and had issue, 
i. William, prob. d. young. 
He m. 2d, Jane, dau. of John Cowper,(M) and had 
II. Thomas.- 

in. Richard, of whom hereafter, 
iv. Robert, prob. d. s. p. 

v. John, m. 1st, a Preston ; 2d, a Spycer. No issue given, 
vi. Alice, m. 1st, a Goodrich ; 2d, Thomas Decon. No issue given. 
vii. William. No issue recorded. 

11. Thomas Norton of Sharpenhow m. first Elizabeth Merry, and had 

i. Margaret, m. a Symons. 

ii. Thomas, who m. 1st, Margaret, daughter of Thomas Cranmer, 
Archbishop of Canterbury, who d. s. p. ; and 2d, Alice, dau. 
of Edmond Cranmer, brother of Thomas, (N) and had issue, 
i. Anne, m. Sir Geo. Coppin,(0) and had Robert, Thomas, 
ii. Elizabeth, m. 1st, Miles Raynesford,(P) and had Robert 
and Garrett; and 2d, Symon Basell, by whom she 
had Symon. 
iii. Thomas, died at Cambridge, 
iv. Henry, prob. d. s. p. 
v. Robert, in. Anne, daughter of Robert Heare, and had 

Thomas, Robert, Thomas, Richard and Anne, 
vi. William, m. Ruth Harding, 
in. Joan, who m. 1st, a Spicer, and 2d, a Barrett. 
He m. secondly, Elizabeth, daughter of Marshall, and widow of 
Ralph RadclifT, and had issue, 
iv. Luke, who m. Lettice, daughter of George Gravely, and had 
i. Gravely, 
ii. Benjamin, 
iii. Thomas. 
iv. Anne, 
v. Elizabeth. 

vi. ■, illegible. 

vii. , " 

viii. Susanna, 
ix. Martha. 
He m. thirdly, the widow of Mr. Osborne, and had 
v. Daniel. 
vi. Barnabas. 
vii. Isaac. 

We now return to the other son of John( 10) and Jane Cowper 

228 The Norton Family. [July, 

12. Richard Norton married Margery, daughter of Wingar(L) of Shar- 

penhovv, and had 
i. Thomas, who m. Anne, dau. of Richard Pratt, and had 

i. Thomas, 
ii. William. See next paragraph. 

13. William Norton of Sharpenhow, married first, Margerie, dau. of 

Will. Hawes, and widow of Mr. Hamon, and had 
i. William, who m. Alice, dau. of John Browest, by whom he had 
i. JOHN, 
hi. Richard, 
iv. Thomas, who m. Katherine, dau. of Gabriel Clincard, and 

had issue, Gabriel, Thomas and Anne. 
v. Martha. 
vi. Mary. 
He married secondly, Dennis Cholmley, niece to Sir Nicholas Hare, 
Master of the Rolls, (Q) and had 
ii. Thomas. 
in. John. 
iv. Elizabeth. 
v. Francis. 
vi. Hugh. 
vn. D'inicl. 
vni. Phebe. 
ix. Richard, who m. Ellen, dau. of Thomas Rowley of Wallden, 
In Essex, (R) and had Luke, Richard, John, Ellen and Dorothy. 

The following arms are represented on the MS. Where I have found 
them in Burke's " General Armory,' 1 I have placed his name after the 
description. He gives the Norton arms of Bedfordshire, Buckingham- 
shire, and Mark-Atwcll, co. Hertford, as represented on this roll, gules, 
a fret argent, over all a bend vaire, or and gules. He adds the crest, a 
griffin sejant, proper, winged gules, beak and forelegs or. 

A. Valois, Semee de France, or fleur-de-lys. 

B. Barr, argent, semee de fleurs-de-lys, three billets barryf? ) 

C. Dalbemonte, ermine, on a pile azure, three fleurs-de-lys, or. 

D. Nevill of Rabv, gules a saltire argent. (Burke.) 

E. Dampre de Court, ermine, three bars cotised, gules. 

F. Hadscoke, gules, a bend ermine, over all a chevron argent. 

G. Bassingborne, Gyronny of eight argent and azure. (Burke.) 

H. Grey de Ruthyn, Barry of six, argent and azure, in chief three 

torteaux. (Burke.) 
I. Montchenzi, Barry of twelve, argent and azure. (Burke.) 
J. Norland, argent, on a chevron between three lions rampant sable, 

as many bezants. (Burke.) 
K. Windowt, or, a leg embovved azure ; impaling sable, five bezant, 

two, one, and two, a chief indented or. 
M. Cowper, gules, a fesse indented argent, (in chief a label of the 

second ?) 
N. Cranmer, argent, a chevron azure, between three pelicans vulning 

themselves ppr. 
O. Coppin, argent, a chief vaire. 

1859.] The Norton Family. 229 

P. Raynsford, gules, a chevron engrailed, between three fleurs-de-lys, 

argent. (Burke.) Hadley, co. Essex. 
Q. Hare, gules, two bars or, a chief indented of the last. (Burke.) 
L. Wingar, gules, two helmets argent, over a garb of the last ; impaling 

the arms of Hare. 
R. Rowley, gules, on a chevron cotised argent, as many lions rampant 

of the field. Given by Burke to the Rowlets. 

As has been mentioned, a copy of the foregoing was made in 1802 +yy 
Samuel Norton, who brought down his line of descent to that date, anu 
subsequently continued it to 1821, in substance as follows : — 

John Norton, son of William and Alice Browest, and grandson of 
William, (13) came to New England and d. s. p. His brother William 
Norton of Ipswich had a son John, minister at Hingham, who m. Mary 
Mason, and had Elizabeth, who m. Col. John Quincy, and a son Capt. 
John Norton. This latter named John m. Elizabeth, dau. of Col. John 
Thaxter, and had John, William and Samuel. John m. Anne, dau. of 
Jeremiah Belknap of Boston, and had issue, Samuel and Sarah. Of these, 
Samuel m. Jane, dau. of Joseph Andrews, and had issue, John, Jane, 
(wife of Thomas Wigglesworth,) Samuel and Andrews. Andrews 
Norton, Professor of Sacred Literature at Harvard College, m. Catharine, 
4th dau. of Samuel Eliot of Boston. 

I will add, that the children of Prof. Andrews and Catharine (Eliot) 
Norton are, Louisa, Catharine-Jane, Charles-Eliot, and Grace. 

Rev. John 14 Norton, son of William 13 and Alice, was b., according to 
Mather's Magnalia, at " Starford [Bishop's Stortford?] in Hartfordshire," 
May 6, 1606. He came to New England in 1634, settled at Ipswich in 
1636, and in 1655 succeeded Rev. John Cotton as min. of the First Church, 
Boston, where he d. April 5, 1663. He m. Mary , who survived him. 

Rev. William 14 Norton, brother of the preceding, m. Lucy, probably 
dau. of Emanuel and Lucy (Winthrop) Downing. Besides his son Rev. 
John lb of Hingham, he had a son Bonus 15 -, a dau. Elizabeth, 15 who m. 
1st, Col. John Wainwright, and 2d, Hon. Isaac Addington ; and perhaps 
other children who d. young.* He d. April 30, 1694, a. 68. His widow 
Lucy d. Feb. 5, 1697-8. 

Rev. John 15 Norton, of Hingham, grad. H. C. 1671, m. Mary Mason, 
Nov. 1674 ; was ord. Nov. 27, 1678, as the second minister at Hingham, 
where he d. Oct. 3, 1716, a. 66. His descendants are given above, from 
Samuel Norton's MS. 

Bonus 15 Norton, brother of the preceding, was b. about 1657, took the 
oath of fidelity 1678 ; was of Ipswich 1691, but Sept. 29, 1712, is named 
as a resident of Hingham (where his brother John was then minister) in 
the will of Mrs. Anne (Downing) Bradstreet. He afterwards removed to 
Hampton, N. H., where he d. April 30, 1718, aged 61 years, as appears 
by his gravestone in that part of Hampton now Seabrook. His wife Ma- 
ry,— a dau. of Joseph and Sarah (Whipple) Goodhue,— survived him, 
and adm. on his estate June 4, 1718, in Rockingham County. Their ch. 
were:— William, 1 ' b. May 9, 1691 ; Joseph, 16 b. Nov. 17, 1695 ; Sam- 
we/, 16 b. Sept. 12, 1699 ; Elizabeth 16 who m. 1st, Mr. Jenness, 2d, Ben- 
jamin Swett ; Lucy, 16 and Anne. 16 

* William Norton, of Ipswich, had ch. : William, b. Feb. 12, 1661, and Lucy, b- 
Jan. 25, 1662, (Rev. Dr. Felt's MS.) If these were children of William and Lucy, they 
were not living in 1694. 

230 The Norton Family. [July, 

Miscellaneous Notes. 

"William Norton of Ipswich, in will dated April 28, 1694, proved May 15, 1694, 
mentions his son John, who " had his portion already in Learning and bringing up at 
Colledge"; his dau. Elizabeth Wainwright ; his son Bonus Norton, who is made sole 
executor, to have whole estate, " dwelling house," &c, except legacies, and to main- 
tain testator's ''beloved wife Mrs. Luce Norton." Witnesses, Joseph Goodhue, sen., 
William Baker, and Robert Lord. — Essex Prob. Rec. iii. 168. 

William Norton of Ipswich, April 14, 1691, "in consideration of the Parental care, 
love and affection which he beareth to his beloved son Bonus Norton of y e same Towne," 
"who has entered into a marriage estate," gives to said son land in Ipswich. Wit- 
nesses, Marjery Whipple, Marjery Goodhue. Signed by William and Lucy Norton. — 
Essex Deeds, xxi. 137. 

Rev. John Norton in his will, proved April 16, 1663, mentions brother William N. 
of Ipswich and child, brother Thomas N. of London, mother, sister Elizabeth, and wife 
Mary. His widow's will, Aug. 20, 1677, mentions cousin John N., sister Mrs. Lucy 
N., cousin Edmund Fernely of Westoreling Hall in co. Suffolk, his bro. Thomas, and 
sisters Elizabeth and Mary, bro. William Norton. 

There was a family of Nortons of Norton-Conyers, co. York, several of whom were 
confined for a conspiracy to release Mary Queen of Scots in 1571, and two were exe- 
cuted. There was also a family of the name at Allyngton Castle and Settingbourn, 
co. Kent. 

A family named Denny, perhaps the same as the Danie family into which his ances- 
tor married, resided at Bishop's Stortford, where Rev. John Norton is supposed to have 
been born. 

Mrs. Anne Bradstrect, widow, by will dated 29 Sept. 1712, gives to Eliza Davenport, 
Anne Winthrop and Lucy Dudley, daughters of Col. John Wainwright, dee'd, dwelling 
house, &c, on Main Street; to cousins Capt. John Gardner, Habakkuk Gardner, and 
Bartholomew Gedney, son of William Gedney, £50 bills to divide ; to Mrs. Margaret 
Corwin, bedding, &c. ; to Mad. Rebecca Brown ; to cousin Elizabeth Wainwright, 
widow ; to cousin John Norton of Hingham ; to Mercy and Sarah Oliver, daus. of Dr. 
Oliver; to cousin Anne Williams; to cousin Higginson, wife of John Higginson ; to 
cousin Gardner of Nantucket; to Martha Warham ; to cousin Bonus Norton of Hing- 
ham, and to his dau. Sarah ; to Mr. Epcs's dau. Mary Capen ; to negro Hannah, her 
freedom, bedding, &c. Cousin Adam Winthrop and Addington Davenport, executors. 
"Desire Mr. Epes who hath befriended mee may be one of my Beare rs , y l be would as 
soon as may be give you notice of my decease." Signed ""Anne Bradstrect." "In 
presence of us, Dan 1 Epes, Nathan 1 Osgood, William Buttolph." "I give my good 
friends, Christopher Babbage and Simon Willard 20 shillings apiece. This was written 
before sealing of y e Instrument." Proved April 24, 1713. — Essex Prob. lice. X. 271. 

The pedigree of the Downings is full of interest. We know that Emanuel Down- 
ing m. April 10, 1622, Lucy, sister of Gov. John Winthrop. They had a dau. Anne, 
who m. 1st, Capt. Joseph Gardner, and secondly Gov. Simon Bradstrect, and also a 
daughter Lucy. Mr. Thornton, before he knew that Emanuel Downing had a daugh- 
ter Lucy, conjectured, from the above will of Mrs. Anne Bradstrect, that Lucy, the 
wife of William Norton, was Mrs. B's sister; and his subsequent investigations have 
strengthened this opinion. It is a curious fact that though we know that the noted Sir 
George Downing was the son of Emanuel, yet Wood, a contemporary, said he was the 
son of Calybut Downing. Again, a Baronetage, published in 1727, in the life-time of 
the grandson of Sir George, pretending to particular accuracy — as the preface states 
that "application has been made to every Baronet," &c. — states that Sir George was 
the son of Calybut. The descent the author thus traces. Geffrey Downing was of 
Poles-Beldham, co. Essex, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Wingfield, and had issue Ar- 
thur Downing, of Lexham, co. Norfolk, where he increased his fortune by marrying 
Susan, daughter and co-heir of John Calybut, of Castle-Acre in that county. Their 
issue was Dorothy, Anne and John. So?i or brother of this John was Calybut Downing, 
of Shermington," co. Gloucester, who was father of the famous Rev. Calybut. This 
latter, as we have said before, is called the father of Sir George. The reader will note 
the confusion relative to the affiliation of Calybut, Sen., to the parent stem ; does not 
this suggest a relationship of Rev. Calybut to Sir George, though the precise degree is 
unknown 1 

I learn from Henry White, Esq., of New Haven, that there was a John Downing, a 
merchant of Nevis, who died at Boston in 1694, leaving a son Nathaniel, and there is 
strong presumptive evidence that he was a son of Emanuel D. 

1859.] Letter of Edmund Quincy. 231 



[Communicated by J. Gardner White.] 

Dear D r . Hancock Lancaster Mar. 26. 1776 

M r . Hancock kind L r rec d w th one from D r Y P' M r Avery informs me 
that you rec d mine of y e 8 th ult. w ch . I was very glad of, as it convey'd y e 
bill of sale for Jammy, being duplicate of one I long since forw d enclos'd 
with one from y° S r . K. & w ch for many m os I concluded must come to 
hand from some Q r or other ; but I am pretty certain it must have been 
lost w th Doct r Warren. 

I am glad to hear by M r H's L r of your good health & c . M r Avery 
did me the packet at M r G's Shop going down to Cambridge to his Father 
Cushing & promis'd me on his return to Stop & inform me of matters at 
Phylad* but has not fulfilled his promise, but I hope to see him here this 
Week, as he lives but 9 m off; — I rejoyce to find M r H's Strength hold 
out, so as to permit his very close attention to business of y e greatest mo- 
ment, that the Colonies or either of them have had any concern w th , of no 
less importance than whether they & their posterity shall be Freemen or 
Slaves — however relative to this & all matters of a political nature, I refer 
you to a Letter In w ch this is enclosed with one for D r Y. 

Your S r Katy is under a bad Cold & says she cant write you now but 
will soon — Your S r G now sends you one after long silence — I think I in- 
formal you in my last that your B r & S r Sewall w th their family were safe 
arr d in Lond° w ch advice I had P' M r Balch — Last Week your S r K rec d a 
L r w ch Ward Chipman wrote her some time in January last, acquainting 
her that he had rec d advice fro. M r S that your S r Children & Family 
were all inoculated of the Smallpox — w ch I am thankful for as it will be a 
Great relief to her mind — When recovered — w ch . from latter accounts of 
y e Success of that Operation is near as certain among a N° of healthy 
subjects as that y e distemper was communicated to them . . . We hope 
may soon hear of y e Success in fact, if any way of Conveying a Letter 
to y e Continent — how that may be cant tell, but hope the Evacuation of 
Boston will be a prelude to y e Expected Frustration of the whole British 
System of Subjugation as M r H writes me & also D r Y that the South 11 
Colonies are prepared to give them a drubbing come when and where 
they will, w ch I hope may prove true. 

I have wrote M r H as far as I have been advis'd as to the Gen 1 , pre- 
serv n of his real interest w ch he writes me y e 10 h Curr 1 he had resigned to 
y e Flames . . . The preservation of Boston so far as it is preserved is a 
Signal favor of Heaven, tho. many are egregious Sufferers your Bro r H 
& his Son Stedman in particular — in whose Dwellings were left Officers 
men of singular honor ! By the same Rank of Miscreants have many 
had their houses ransackt — The Tories they say have been equally Plun- 
derers w th y e Military — Many of them had lived so long in the Fortress 
upon y e Kings bounty & otherwise that they grew much in want of Sup- 
plies for their Exiled State that 'twas no Great wonder that men of their 
wild principles sh d embrace the most dirty method of Filling their pockets: 
Poor deluded Creatures was a Term you heard often from some of y< 
First Rate : It is very possible that when they were precipitately flying 
from y e besieged Town they had not relinquished the Term but were 
obliged to apply it to different subjects and indeed it might be very justly 

232 Letter of Edmund Quincy. [July? 

so applied. Im sorry for poor M" Abel Willard, your Sisters near neigh- 
bour & Friend — She's gone we hear with her husband & Br° & Sons to 
Nova Scotia — P'haps in such a situation & under such circumstances of 
Offense respecting their Wors r Neighbors as never to be in a political 
capacity of returning to their Houses unless w th power & inimical views 
w ch God forbid should ever be y e Case — neither ever will be unless we 
by our Sins & Follies should as a people forfeit his favor : w ch has been 
manifestly already shewn to us in y e remarkable Supports He has thro. y e 
last year especially afforded us in y e Glorious defensive Struggles we have 
made under y e Severe attacks of y e British wicked Ministry — May we 
deserve a Continuance of the Protection of Heaven & may there be soon 
an Accomodation or Seperation of y e Younger from y e Older States ; the 
Last I expect will be the necessary Effect of y e unnatural Treatment we 
have received — The voice of the people in these N° Colonies seems 
almost universally in favor of independency as far as I can perceive — 
Pray God to afford all needed wisdom to y e C. Council in their debates & 
resolves upon y e Important subject — It is my real Opinion y e set time is 
come wherein Providence has appointed the Flourishing States to with- 
draw themselves from y e Controul of all other for wise reasons, w ch will 
be manifest in due time to those who may Survive y e expected political 
change in this Western Hemisphere of y c Globe, & be acquainted w" 1 y e 
political effects w ch may result from y c Such Alteration of things probably 
big \v lh events which may have a very Salutary operation upon y e East- 
ern Side of the World. What, how, or by w l means or to w* particular 
end we know not nor have a Right of enquiry into ; our duty as indi- 
viduals is comprized in a narrow compass a few words comprehend y e 
Idea of the whole — " The Love of God fy our Neighbours'''' when we are 
really convinced of y e genuiness of both those affections by y e flow of good 
fruits w th out partiality §- without Hypocrisy'''' we may then console our- 
selves with having honestly complied w th y e kind injunction of the Apos- 
tle James 1, 22 "Be ve doers of the word and not hearers onlv." 

I lately rec d a Letter from your Nephew S. S. now at Concord with 
w ch I am much pleased as it is a proof of his very fast rising to peculiar 
Service of his Country in some department for w ch his Apparent Growth 
in his knowledge of y e learned Languages, y e Arts & Sciences, and if I 
am not mistaken in Wisdom & prudence which coupled w th y e fear of 
God & a natural good Understanding afford his Friends an agreeable 
prospect of his doing well in y e World. In his Letter he mentions his 
Circumstances & small dependance upon any further Support of his 
Friends & therefore asks their Favor in promoting him in any good pub. 
School or even in any Gent ns . Family who for y e Sake of a number of 
Children of an Age for instruction might encline to have a private in- 
structor in his family upon reasonable terms : you may remember he vol- 
untarily took upon himself at about 12 years of age y e office of instruct- 
ing his younger Bro r and Sisters in writing & Arithmetic as far as his ca- 
pacity then extending after which he Studied the Languages and Numbers 
in M r Moody's Academy at Newbury ; next July compleating 4 years, in 
w ch ne nas De en a very close Student y e Several Tutors & Professors at 
Harvard College saving 2 or 3 months interruption of that Society by the 
present Civil War; Should M r Hancock discover any publick department 
in or near Phyladelphia w ch might afford your Nephew a suitable Support 
it might be a means (w th his diligent improvem 1 ) of further advancement 
in Law, Physick or Divinity as he might be enclined or if nothing publick 

1859.] Letter of Edmund Quincy. 233 

offered ; Should any Gentleman of Considerable Family & fortune in 
either of the Colonies S° Ward of this be enclined to have a private in- 
structor as above, more especially of Connecticut New York New Jersey 
or Pennsylvania or may be Maryland ; in Case M r H approves of terms 
y e Gent n might, your Nephew would Gladly be informed of it as soon as 
may be and will forward his answer immediately — 

By a Letter from y° B r H from Providence he informs us that by a 
Master of a Salem Vessel left in Lond ret d this Winter he learns that 
y° Sister & family were all recov d of y e Small pox : May God bestow 
Wisdom rightly to improve so great a Mercy : May y e future Circum- 
stances of G Britain be such as may afford M r S & y° Sister a peaceable 
& Comfortable Settlem 1 — w ch is not obtainable in America as things now 
Stand : I tremble almost for G: B r . — as I have had great opport^ of Ex- 
amining into her moral as well as Commercial & political State lately 
much debased by their Silly & wicked Operations in America, y r Charac- 
ter even lower'd 

28 — I have advice from Boston this day that the men of war & trans- 
ports are all Sail'd from Nantasket except one small man of war & Ten- 
der — to watch y e harbour — It is tho 1 they are gone for Halifax. — I hope 
that S° Col s are prepared for y e Several Attacks designed against them — 
& expect now Boston is clear, that Gen 1 Washington will in a Short time 
repair to y e Province he belongs to in order to serve it as far as he may 
be able ... I pray God that y e whole Land may be early delivered from 
all y e Bloody effects of an enraged Court & Nation that is a great part, & 
that y e noise of war may be no more heard in America & especially of 
Civil war. — Your Sisters & Friends are very Solicitous for a Cessation 
of publick difficulties, that M r Hancock & you may return to Boston w th 
y e Satisfaction of Seeing his Habitation preserved under y e kind hand of 
Providence, as well as his other buildings. I have not wrote y° aunt for 
some m 08 . in w ch I have been waiting y e Result of y e propos'd Storming 
of y e Fortress of Boston : but I Shall in a few days do myself the pleas- 
ure of forwarding her a Short account thereof w th due Salutations upon 
y e occasion. 

I hope you are in no danger from y e Enemy in y e River Delaware & 
much less at or near Phyladelphia. I shall be glad to receive advices of 
pub. occurrences from D r Y. I have wrote him largely, he loves his 
pen — & as every week will produce things of pub. importance I beg you 
w d insist on it w th him that he this year be of a Communicative disposition 
tow d one that is Situated out of y e post road 15 miles in y e woods, partic- 
ularly request his mention of Every thing that relates to a Commercial 
Correspondence w th France & y e French Islands and w* prospect of a 
French War. — If M r Hancock w d spare a N° of the late Phyl a news 
papers or prints — & y° could send by a private Convey ce of a Messenger 
returning to Watertown or Cambridge from Congress — or one late one 
only or other remarkable very late publication upon y e Times, Franked 
J. H. P' post It w d be an agreable Amusem* (a. votre pere) & therefore 
your tho 1 will be kind If y° write by 2 lines to cover them I shall take it 
kind. I just now heard that Deacon Barret (is among others) a very 
great Sufferer in his interest, as they say, D r Eliot who had y e keys of 
his Stores was obliged to deliver them to a certain Scotchman who de- 
manded them in y e name of y e General or other power who had ordered 
B's goods in bales Trunks & boxes &c. to be Sent on board of Some 
Ship — they accordingly open'd his Stores & Sent away y e goods to a 

234 Everett. — Atkinson, [July, 

Great Value — \v ch y e Deacon & others might have done w n y e prov 1 Con- 
gress advised it September 1774 — a year & J ago : however y e Deacon 
has it in his power to draw on y c Kings Exchequer for y e Sum lost pay e 
to his C rs . at home if he is so happy as to have any — I have not time nor 
room to add save that M r G's Family are all well, in want of Flax w d 
otherwise Spin very chearfully — nothing like necessity to give Spring to 
action : have nothing to do w th G Britain & manufactures must grow up 
to a great heighth w th out doubt. You see my paper is full & I suppose 
you tired — & theref close w th love & best wishes of every real good from 

D r Child Y r Affectionately concerned parent 
You'l tender my best regards to M r Hancock Edm Quincy 

Miss Adams, D r Y & Spouse & every other of our Friends 
w Ul or that may be w th you — y e returning inhabitants of Boston 
will not all make equal haste w th w l they shew in their exit: 
All remember love & respect to you & M r H. & all Friends — J. II. joins 
his best Compliments, nearly got on his legs 
Black Jammy well in town distant above 3 miles. 

Addressed " To Mrs Dorothy Hancock | in | Phyladelphia " 

-♦ — ■ — > 


Hon. Melatiah Everett, late of Wrentham, Mass., whose decease was 
recorded in the last Register, p. 182, was a descendant, in the sixth gen- 
eration, of Richard Everett, who was probably the immigrant ancestor of 
all the New England Everetts : — 

1. Richard Everett, called Everard, one of the first settlers of Ded- 
ham, d. at Dcdham, July 3, 1782; made his will, May 12, 1680; m. 1, 
Mary , 2, Mary Winch. 

2. John Everett of Dedham, eldest son by 1st wife, b. at Watertown ; 
d. at Dcdham, April 1, 1714 ; m. May 13, 1662, Elizabeth, dau. of Rob- 
ert Pepper of Roxbury. 

3. Dea. John Everett, son of Capt. John, b. 9 d. 4 m. 1676 ; m. Mary 
Brown, Jan. 3, 1700 ; had 6 sons and 4 daughters. 

4. Ebenezer Everett, son of Dea. John, b. August 5, 1707, m. Joanna, 
dau. of Joseph and Joanna Stevens ; had 8 sons. 

5. Dea. John Everett of Foxboro', son of Ebenezer, b. June 1st, 1736, 
d. March 25, 1799 ; m. 1, Abigail, dau of John and Mary Nicholson, 
March 5, 1761; m. 2, Melatiah, dau. of Samuel and Judith Metcalf, b. 
Oct. 16, 1736. 

6. Melatiah Everett, son of Dea. John and Melatiah, b. in Foxboro', 
June 24, 1777, d. in Wrentham, Dec. 26, 1858, without issue ; m. Nancy, 
dau. of Col. Jonathan and Lydia Shaw of Taunton, who survives. Mr. 
E. was first cousin of Hon. Alexander H. and Hon. Edward Everett. 

w. T. 

Atkinson. — " Portsmouth, December 15. Last Monday morning [Dec. 
11] Departed this Life, greatly lamented, Mrs. Hannah Atkinson, aged 
69, the Lady of the Honourable Theodore Atkinson, Esq., of this Town." 
Massachusetts Gazette, Boston, Dec. 18, 1769. 

1859.] Will of Joshua Uncas. 235 


[The venerable Jonathan Clark, of Hampton, Conn, has sent us the 
following copy of the Will of Joshua Uncas, son of Uncas, " Sachem of 
Monheag," whose pedigree was published in the Register for 1856, p. 227. 
This Will was found by Mr. Clark, in looking over some of the old 
Windham records. It was on a sheet almost worn out. 

There is reference to a Will of said Joshua, in the printed volume of 
Colonial Records of Connecticut, iii., p. 56.] 

I, Joshua Uncas, Sachem, son of Uncas, Sachem, living nigh eight mile 
Island on the river Connecticutt and within the boundary of Lyme, being 
sick in body but of good and perfect memory and not knowing how soon 
I may depart this life, do make this my last will and testament, (viz :) 

Imprimis, I give and bequeath all that tracke of land on both sides 
Ungoshet river, abuting westward to the Mountain, in sight of Hartford, 
bounded North, to Major Talcot's Farm North East, to Wattachayoiske — 
upon east side, bounded eight miles in breadth, from the Mountains East- 
ward, and to carry the breadth there on out, the length being eighteen 
miles, and accoding to a draught or Mappe drawn and subscribed with my 
Owne hand, bearing dates with these presants ; to Capt. Robert Chap- 
man, to Lieu^ William Pratt, to Mr. Thomas Buckingham, to each and 
every of them, apiece, 5000 acres; — to William Parker Sen r , William 
Lord Sen 1 ", Robert Lay Sen r , Abraham Past, Samuel Jones, Major John 
Clarke of Saybrook, Thomas Durke, Richard Fly and John Fenner, to 
each and every of them, foure thousand acres ; to Francis Bushnell 
Sen r , Edward Shipman Sen 1- , and M r John Wasfall, to each and every of 
them, three thousand acres, — to John Pratt, John Chapman, John Parker, 
William Lord, J r , Samuel Cogswell, to Lydia Raymond, John Tully, 
Richard Raymond Sen r , Abraham Chalker, William Bushnell Sen r ,and to 
Joseph Hynghan Sen r , to each and every of them, two thousand acres ; to 
John Bushnell and Thomas Norton, to each of them five hundred acres. — - 
And it is my will, that what quantity of land shall be found more or 
over and above the several quantities given and bequeathed aforesaid, 
shall be divided, proportionally, according to each mans Legacy. 

Item, I give and bequeath all that tracke of land lying from the Moun- 
tains, in sight of Hartford, northward, to a pond called Shemipipie* East 
to Willimantucket river, south by the said river, west by Hartford 
bounds, excepting three hundred acres already sold Major John Talcott 
and two hundred acres sold to Capt Thomas Bull, and according to a 
Mappe above said, (viz.) to M r James Richards, to M r Samuel Willis, 
Capt Thomas Bull, M r Joseph Haynes, M r Richard Lord, Major John 
Talcot, M r John Allyn, M r Ebenezer Way, Bartholemew Barnett, Nicholas 
Olmstead, Henry Howard, M r Joseph Fitch, Thomas Burnam, M r William 
Pitkin, to be equally divided amongst them into so many parts as they 
are persons, and also Nathaniel Willett to have an equal proportion with 

(Item,) I give and bequeath all that tracke of land lying to the westward 
ofAppaguage, and Eastward from Willi mantucke River, South from 
Appaguague Pond,| eight miles broad and according to the Mappe afore- 

* Coventry now. f Willimantic. $ N. E. comer Hampton. 


Will of Joshua Uncas. 


said, (Viz :) to Capt. John Mason, Capt. Samuel Mason, M r Daniel Mason, 
M r James Fitch, Jr, John Birchard, Lieut. Thomas Tracy, Thomas Adgate, 
Simon Huntington, Thomas Leffingwell, Sen r , John Olmstead, William 
Hide, William Backus, Hugh Collins, to be divided and distributed 
amongst them and every of them as my Father Uncas shall se meet and 

(Item,) I give and bequeath to my two sons, all that tracke of land be- 
tween Cxippimug path and the lands given to the people of Saybrook and 
according to the Mappc aforesaid, and in case cither of my sons Dye be- 
fore they attain twenty years of age, then, to the survivor, and in case 
both of them Dye before they attain twenty years of age, then it is my 
will, that the said lauds goe to mv 1 >a lighter, but in case both my sons 
and alaoe my Daughter Should dye before they attaine the age aforesaid, 
then, it is my will, that the said lam:- to my Father, and his suc- 

lor, and it is my will that those Indians that have lately lived on and 
planted on some part of this land should not plant there any more, but 
that they should live under mv Father Uncas, and it is my desire that 
Capl Chapman, Lieut Pratt, and the legatees of Saybrook, see this part of 
my will performed, and that my Children be not wronged. — Also I give 
& bequeath to my two boos, l ( » oC land allready broke up at 

potunkeak, a pared of land about A mile square lying in the last addition 
to Hartford hounds, and in ease either dye, then, to my two Squawes, or 

the Survivor of them. Further mv Will is, that my Children be 

brought up the first four yean henceforward with Trusty and their 
M ther, to teach them English and that they Bhould live at, or near Say- 
brook, and at the expiration of said four years 1 desire my children may 
be kept to the English schoole, ami for their maintainance I give to th< rn 
thirty and five pounds, which is due to me from Major John Talcott, Capt 
John All vn, and M r .lames Richards, and M r Richard Lord, to be im- 
proved for clothing for my Child 1 they shall need. Also my Will 
is, that my hand at Potunk, being 40 acres broke up, the rents thereof be 
improved for the Schooling and educating mv said children. Also it is 
my desire that they come not amongst any Connecticut Indians, and fur- 
ther it is my Will, that the thirty-live pounds aforesaid and the rents of 
my lands at Potunk !>•' Received by Capt Robert Chapman, Lieut. Wil- 
liam Pratt, and M r Thomas Buckingham, to be disposed to my Children 
as aforesaid, and desire all my 1. _ tees to 1. t to my children, 
but especially leave them to the care of said ('apt Chapman, Lieut Pratt, 
M" Buckingham, to be educated as aforesaid. — Also, I desire that Inguns 
Bongonett, and Thomas Coopez, mv Cousins, be Counsellors to my 
Children, and whereas M r John Wadsworth, and M r Samuel Steele are 
indebted to me twenty shillings, it is mv will, that it be paid to M r Eleazer 
May. also, I desire Trusty may not go to the Narrogansts. — I have chosen 
him to have the oversight of my children as aforesaid. — Also, I desire to 
be buried at Saybrook, in a Coffin after an English manner and that my 
Legatees at Say Brook would see this don. — my Guns I give to my two 
sons, four to each of them, my pistoll to my eldest son, also my seven 
Brass kettles and four Iron pots, to be equally divided, to my three 
Children. — Also, it is my will and desire, that Capt George Denison and 
M" Daniel Wetherall, be included with Capt Johri Mason and the rest of 
Norwich, to come in with them for a portion, as my Father Uncas shall 
see fltt, and upon that tracke; — this, with what is written on the other two 
sides, I declare and publish to be my last will and testament, in testimony 

1859.] Letter of Tho??ias Deane to Joseph Dudley. 237 

whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Scale in Potopaug, this 29 of 
February 1675. 

Signed Sealed and published in presence of us, 
John Denison 

Gershom Palmer r™ , # Mark of Joshua 

William Pratt ' Sachem seal q 

P. the mark of Uncas 

T the mark of Trusty Slade 

Norwich, April 29 lfl 1684, truely entered out of and by the originall 
and therewith compared all. James Fitch, Assistant. 


[From the original in the possession of J. WlNGATE Thorb ; rox.] 

The person who wrote the following letter and the person to whom it 
was addressed have both been noticed in previous volumes of the Reg- 
ister. Mr. Deane had been a merchant in Boston, New England, but 
afterwards returned to his native country, and died at Fret-folk, Hants, 
April 27, 1686. See Register, Vol. III., p. 380. Mr. Dudley, as is well 
known, was afterwards governor of Massachusetts. A brief memoir of 
him will be found in Vol. X., p. 337. 

1 Worthy Sr " London, 4«» March 168J 

Among the many letters that Came to me by Balston, none was more 
obligeing & welcome than yours of the pr a xber last & comands my 
gratfull answere in the first place becaus lmc deeply sensible of yo r in- 
tire frindship to me at large, & in p'ticular with my good Father Browne 
from whome I received an vnpleasant letter, sauc only that so many of 
my bills as came to hand were complied with, & that the rest to compleat 
the whole sume 1 might be assured would be paid, but there hath been 
an eule one who by night sowed tares among my wheat & incensed my 
Father Browne ag l me. I suspect I R for my Father as is here vnder 
noted, to w ch I have now given a smooth and true answere that I neuer 
reflected on his bounty nor thought much of any charge upon my late 
wife whose memory was still deare to me, & y l there was a transient 
discourse & pleasant at diner when was p'sent yo'selfe & Capt: Richards 
who said to Sarah yo r Grandfather will giue you a 1000 lb when he dies. 
I answered I hope so & more something to this purpose was said, but 
I remember noe more, yet beleiue I R made more of it pray vindicate me 
as you know very well in what manner, & advize me what better reply 1 
ought to make. 

S r I can now say I have a freind of you instead of the late worthy Maj: 
Denison & which way to retaliat Ime a stranger, but by my vtmost en- 
deauours to searue yo r Brother Mr. Dan: Allin whose interest I promis 
you to espous as for my Brother, in order whereto I haue a promise from 
my Coz : Duke to increase his adventure to him & verily believe if the 
trade prove any thing incouraging he wilbe a great imployer of him & 
something considerable my Brother Browne shall doe, from one or both 

* The mark of Joshua is a rude representation of a quadruped. 


Irregular Spelling. — Indian Depredations. [July, 

whome seperatly by this ship he will rcceiue consignment & the course 
yo r Brother takes to aduance out of his ownc estate to accomodate his 
principalis will be such an incouragmenl as filled my hands with bu sin esse 
when I was at New Eng - the like noe man euer did but Mr. Lidgil & we 
could not loose anything by it keeping our selfe within a very considera- 
ble bounds of security by our principalis goods & debts : 1 could now 
banc recomended him Beuerall small consigm" but a number of such little 
things I found more troublesome than profitable a few good imployers is 
mon & reputable to 3 ' Factor. 

S r 1 here inclosed trouble you with a letter to Sam" Fisher which as yofl 
may see is inanswere to hisAz 1 pray you that what charge he is at for me 
& what gratuity he m;r. ue you order Mr Sergeant to pay him, to 

whome I haue wrote accordingly. \\ ■ you left us hut in- 


creased one Girle dc through Gods goodnese in a competent meesu re of 

health for 1 1 t<> better hands. 

A <• d.>u«' vp in Lead directed on I to yo* selfe by Mr. 

Clarke who will aske you noe fn ight pray accept of from me 1 1 
now presumed too much upon y<> r pati< . c< & tooke vp too much of 
yo* time which I know is always better imployed than by reading the 
scribles of 

a bad pen \ bilged liumb Servant 

61 hast Tho: 1 teane 

1 am informed it doe not great greife to mj 

9 !!<■ 61 her mother had 2000 lb w 3 much as my eld< 

had & as much againe as any of my other children had so that none of 

you to put of Sarah; it' you object vV say that her mothers bringing 

in & coming out largable I think as little as n . for the m 

at (J Ih \i r would come to a great deale I wish I had not heard of it hut I 

shall let all paBfl I man but will Judge I have dealt \»ry nobly." 

[Addressed: "For Joseph Dudley, I". . At Koxbury in New E 
land— p 1 Mr. Clarke."] 

Irregular SPBLLIlfO. — Mr. Lower, in his w<»rk on " English 
names" remarks: — "1 have little doubt that what we 1. r ml as 

irregularities in the orthography of our anc< were by them considered 

ornamental. — a spec:- - Omewhat akin to the fastid' ness in 

modern composition, which ;i< studiously rejects the repetition of words 
and phrases.' " — [2d edit., 1844, p. 44, note.) This \ the subject 

only will account for the vari King of surnames in early tin 

The same individual has been known to spell his name differently at dif- 
ferent times; and, in some cases, this must hai intention- 
al 1 v. J. D. 

Indian Depredations in 1704, at Wells, Me. — "Piscataqua, May 13, 
1704. Letters thence acquaint us of some more damage done us by the 
Skulking Adversary. On the 11th instant Nicholas Cole of Wells, with 
Nicholas Hodgdon, Thomas Dane & Benjamin Gough, Souldiers. went 
about a mile from Capt. Wheelwright's Garrison to look after his Cattle, 
on their return were attacked by 12 Indians, who killed said Cole and 
Hodgdon, took Dane Captive, Gough escaping, advised Capt. Hales of it 
who immediately called his Souldiers together; but the enemy were 
fled."— Boston News Letter, May 15 to 22, 1704. 

1859.] Hartford Records. 239 

?rom Book lettered "Records of Town of Hartford, 1685-1709, Xo. 7." 
[Transcribed by Lucius M. Uoltwood of Amherst, Cor. Mem. of the II. (J. Soc | 

John Ailvn, son of Edward Allvn & Rachel] his wife was Born March 
[* 1689. 

Eachell was Bom Aug* 20 th 1694. 

Elizabeth Adams, daught* of John and [Hi Adams was born 

ilarch 6 th 1706. 

John Adams August 4 th 1708. 

Abigail Addams was born Octo, 12, 1710. 

Patience; Adams was born Novem. !', 1712. 

[Tim" r | Bigelow, son of Jonath Bigelow was born June 20 th 170-J. 

Mabel 1 was born Nov. 12, 1704. 

Samuel Benton, son of Sam 1 Benton was born January 28 th 1680. 

Sarrah was born Sept. 2H, lbs."). 

Hannah was born March 11, 1688 

Abigail was born Decemb 1 9, 1<»!M. 

Caleb was bom March 1, 1694. 

Dan i ell was bum June 25, 1696. 

Jacob was born Sept. 2 1 , 1698. 

I Moses was bom April 26, 1702. 

I Medad Benton, son of Sam 11 Benton and Marv his wife was born OctO r 
3 th 1705. 

[Jon?]ath Benton was bom Sep* "J' 1 1707. 

Isaac Buckingham son of Mr. Tho Buckingham was horn Sept. *J.~>. 1700. 

Joseph Buckingham was born Aug* ~, 1703. 

Ann Buckingham was born April 12, 1706. 

Sarrah Burnbam daughter of Kicli' 1 Bumham was Born July 11, 1683. 

Rebecca Bumham was born Sept. 20, 1685. 

Mercy was born Aprill 14, 16> s . 

Mary was born 

Richard was born July 6, 1692. 

! Martha was born 

[ ]let was born March 22, 1697. 

[Jupiter?] was born July '-23, 1699. 

Susanna was born Feb. 

Michael was born May 30, 1705. 

Violet Butlar, daughter of Thomas Butlar & his wife Abigail was born 

ptem b ' 21, 1706. 

Elizabeth was born Sept. 12 th 1708. 

Thomas was born July [3 ?] 1711. 

Joseph Church, son of Sam 11 Church was born April 25, 1697. 
]ez Cole, son of Sam 11 Cole was born Feb r 9 th 1698. 

[Nat?]han u Cole was born August 18 th 1701. 

[Caleb ?] Cole was born Feb r 8' 1703. 

[Sarah ?] Cole was born Feb r 1705 Dyed Sept. 96. 

Abigail Cole was born Sept 18 th 1706. 

[Jose ?]ph Clark son of Tho Clark was born [ ]y 25, 1698-9. 

Ann was born Aprill 17 th 1702. 

John Church son of John Church was [born ?] February 20 th 1700-1. 

244 Hartford Records. [July, 

Sam 11 Sedgwick son of Sam 11 Sedgwick and Mary his wife was born 
Aug* 22, 1690. 

Jonathan was born March 29, 1693J Mary was born May 24, 1705. 

Ebenezer was born Feb. 25, 1695. Elizabeth was born Decern 10 th 1708. 

Joseph was born May 16, 1697. Thankful was bornNovemb3 d 1710. 

Stephen was born March 17, 1701. Mercy was born Feb r 16, 1712-13. 

Abigail was born Feb. 21, 1703. Benjamin was born Nov 7 th 1716. 

John Watson son of Jn° Watson was Horn Dec. 14, 1680. 

Thomas was Born Sept 14th 1682. 

Zacheriah, Born Octo 26, 1685. 

Ann. Born May 26, 1688. 

Cyprian, Born Jan r * 12, 1689. 

Sarrah Born Dec: 13, 1692. 

Caleb Born Mav 5, 1695. 

Mehitabell Waters was born Feb. 21, 169f Died March 24th, I69f. 

Joseph Waters, son of Tho & Sarrah Watt re was born Aug 1 1, 1698. 

Sarah Waters was horn Dccemb r 23 d 1699. 

Mehetabell Waters was born Nov. 22, d 1701. 

Dorothy Waters was born Aug 1 28, 170 1. 

Sam 11 was born July 15* 1707. 

Benjamin was born Apr. 17 th 1709. 

Abram Waters, was born May 24 th 1712. 

John White son of John White, & Mary his wife was born 24 June. 
1687. Died June 20, 1689. Mary was hum Aug 14, 1689. Died Jan. 
3, 1693. 

John was born FebT 8, 1691 Elizabeth was born June 11 th 1698. 

Nath 11 was born Aprill 8, 1694 Jacob was born Sept 22 d , 1700. 

Mary was born May 4 th 1696. 

Joanna Richards Daughter of M r Tho Richards & Joanna his Wife was 
Born July 21, 1702. 

Mary Richards was born Oct: 14, 1703. 


Rob 1 Webster, son of Rob 1 and Hannah Webster was born Octo r 1689 

Abram Webst r was born Sep r 1, 1693. 

Hannah was born Novemb r 7 th 1695. 

Matthew was born April 17 th 1698. 

Josh. was born March 7, 1700. 
Caleb was born Feb r 22, 1702. 

Mary was born Decemb r 5, 1704. 
Abigail was born Jan r 22, 1710-11 

James Williams Son of James and Sarah Williams was born Feb. 14 t[ 

Hezibath was born August 2' 1 1698. Abigail was born March 12, 1706-7 

Sarah was born March 8 th 1699. Dan 11 was born Dec. 6, 1710. 

Sam 11 was born June 5 th 1700. 

Thomas Wells, son of Thomas Wells was born Octo: 16, 1690. 

John was born Dec. 15, 1692-3. 

Ruth Willis, Daughter of Hez Willis and Elizabeth his Wife was bon 
Feb r 22, 1704-5. 

Elizabeth Willis was born July 15, 1708. 

George Wyllys was born Nov, 28, 17[09 ?] dyed June 20, 1709. 

-George Wyllys was born October 6 th 1710. 

Mabell Wyllys was born Feb r 13 th 1712-3. 

Sam 11 Wyllys was born August 26 th 1714. 

Sam 11 Wyllys dyed Nov. 3 d 1732. 

{To be Continued.) 

L859.] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 245 


[Continued from page 139.] 



The Rev. Mr. PETER THATCHER of Middleborough. 

PETER THATCHER, Jun., Student at Harvard College. 

As we shall proceed to show, from MSS. in possession of W. S. Thatch- 
er, Esq., these were all near relatives, — Peter, Jr., being the son, Oxen- 
bridge the brother, and Rev. Peter the cousin, of Rev. Peter T. of Mid- 

We will commence with the Rev. Peter 1 Thatcher of Sarum, England, 
a. famous minister who dissented from the established church. His son, 
Thomas, 2 who inherited his principles, was born May 1, 1620, and, at the 
early age of fifteen, decided to seek liberty of conscience in New Eng- 
land. He came here with his uncle Anthony 1 Thatcher, and fitted for 
the ministry under the care of Rev. Charles Chauncy. He m. May 11, 
1643, Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. Ralph Partridge of Duxbury, by 
whom he had Thomas, 3 d. April 2, 1686; Ralph 3 ; Peter, 3 b. July 18, 
1651 ; Patience, 3 m. William Kemp of Duxbury. He was settled at 
Weymouth, Jan. 2, 1644, but his wife dying, June 2, 1664, he married 
secondly a lady in Boston, u which, with a Concurrence of many obliging 
Circumstances, occasioned his Removal thither." Feb. 16, 1669, he was 
"Enstalled in the Pastoral charge of the third Church," (the Old South.) 
He died Oct. 18, 1678, and Cotton Mather has preserved an account of 
his labors in his Magnalia, B. III., pp. 148 — 153. 

We will pause here a moment to see what can be found concerning 
the pedigree of the Thatchers in England. 

We have a fair clue to some of the English relatives of these emigrants, 
as Clement Thatcher of Marston-Bigot, co. Somerset, (a village some 
three miles south of Frome,) in his will, dated 1629, and proved 1639, 
mentions his wife Bridget, children, Clement, Thomas, Hannah, Mary, 
and Joan ; kinsmen, William and Thomas; and leaves 405. to his brother 
Anthony, " then beyond the seas." Previously, in 1611, was proved the 
will of Thomas Thatcher of Beckington, co. Somerset, (a place some six 
miles north of Marston-Bigot,) in which he directs that if his brother 
Anthony, who was then in " the separtion, joined in the profession of 
true religion, with any true church, that then his executor, — within one 
year after he should have so joined himself, either with the reformed 
Dutch church, in which country he then dwelt, or should return to Eng- 
land, — should pay his said brother =£5 in token of brotherly affection." 

We see therefore that Anthony Thatcher was in Holland, a Puritan, in 
1611, and beyond the sea^in 1629, (? and in 1639,) and we feel well 
assured that this was our New England man. The Rev. Peter Thatcher 
died at Salisbury, Feb. 5, 1640, in the ninth year of his ministry, where 
his tombstone still remained in 1839, as I learn from a letter of Rev. 
George RatclifFe, Jr., of that place. His will mentions his brother An- 
thony in New England, as well as his own sons there, Peter and Thomas, 
and also his brother-in-law, Christopher Batts, (husband of his sister 
Anne,) and his brother John. Anthony seems to have left a child in 
charge of his brother Peter, who may be the Anthony who was a curate 
at Salisbury in 1633 and afterwards. Farther than this I cannot trace the 

246 Memoirs of Princes Subscribers. [July* 

family, though Nicholas Carlisle, Esq., of the British Museum, a compe- 
tent authority, thought it a branch of the old Sussex family of the name. 

Anthony 1 Thatcher, his cousin the Rev. John Avery, and a friend, 
William Elliot, formerly of New Sarum, with their families, suffered a 
most diastrous shipwreck off Marblehead. His own account says there 
were seven in his family, and mentions his wife, sons William and Peter, 
daughters Mary and Edith, all of which children were lost at that time. 
He had two sons born afterwards, viz., Judah, who settled in Con- 
necticut, and John, b. March 17, 1639, as well as a daughter, Bethiah, 
who m. Jabez Howland of Yarmou h. 

To return to the posterity of Rev. Thomas 2 Thatcher of Boston. 
Ralph, 3 the second son, lived in Duxbury until 1681, and was settled over 
the church at Martha's Vineyard, in 1697. Little is known of him, but 
he may be t' e Rodolphus Thatcher who m. Jan. 1, 1669, Ruth, dau. of 
George Partridge of Duxbury, who may,well have been a relative of Rev. 
Ralph P. as both came from Kent. 

His other son, Rev. Peter 3 Thatcher, was settled at Milton, June 1, 
1681. He m. Nov. 21, 1677, Theodora, dau. of Rev. John Oxenbridge.* 
By her he had Theodora 4 ; Bathsheba 4 ; Oxenbridge, 4 b. May 17, 1681 ; 
Elizabeth 4 ; Mary 4 ; Peter, 4 b. Oct. 6, 1688, of Middleborough ; John 4 : 
Thomas 4 ; John. 4 Rev. Peter 3 Thatcher died Dec. 27, 1727. 

Oxenbridge 4 Thatcher, the subscriber, graduated at H. C. 1698. He 
was a selectman in Boston for many years, and representative for that 
place and Milton, to which latter town he removed. He devoted some 
part of his early days to the ministry and preached the first sermon ever 
delivered in Stoughton. He died in 1772, but his more famous son of the 
same name more than filled his place. 

A grandson, Rev. Peter, 6 was settled at Brattle Street Church in 1785, 
and was an honor to his profession. By his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Pool, 
he had: Rev. Thomas Cushing, 7 b. Oct. 11, 1771; Peter, 7 b. Dec. 1, 
1772, d. Sept. 6, 1775; Sarah, 7 b. March 17, 1774, d. Sept. 7, 1775; 
Joseph Warren, 7 b. July 4, 1775, d. March 19, 1809 ; Hon. Peter Oxen- 
bridge, 7 b. Dec. 22, 1776, d. Feb. 22, 1843 ; Charles, 7 b. Sept. 12, 1779, 
d. Nov. 13, 1779 ; Sarah, 7 b. Oct. 5, 1781, d. Jan. 13, 1802 ; Marv Har- 
vey, 7 b. March 27, 1783, d. June 24, 1849 ; Rev. Samuel Cooper, 7 b. Dec. 
14, 1785, d. Jan. 2, 1818, at Moulins, France ; Charles, 7 b. Junj 15, 1787, 
d. March 18, 1833. Rev. Peter 6 T. d. Dec. 16, 1802. 

Another son of Oxenbridge 5 T., Jr., was Rev. Thomas 6 of Dedham. 

The Rev. Peter 4 Thatcher of Middleborough, another subscriber, was 
as we have seen a brother of Oxenbridge 4 T. He was of H. C. 1706, 
ordained at Middleborough, Nov. 2, 1709, and died April 22, 1744, leav- 
ing ten children, seven of whom were sons. The eldest was 

Peter 5 Thatcher, a student in Harvard College, who was born Jan. 
25, 1716, grad. H. C, 1737, and was ordained at Attleborough, Nov. 30, 
1748. He was highly useful there and well esteemed, but being seized 
with a palsy, which rendered him unable to perform the duties of his 
office, he was dismissed by a vote of the parish. He died September, 
1785, leaving a large family. 

* Oxenbridge had sisters : Elizabeth, who m. successively Caleb Cockcroff, Chief 
Justice Oliver St. John, and Sir Humphrey Sydenham, — Katherine, wife of Philip 
Skippon, the Parliamentary general, — and a brother Clement ; they were the children 
of Daniel Oxenbridge of Daventry, son of John Oxenbridge of Southam and 
Coventry. See Notes and Queries, 2d Series, ii., 381. 

1859.] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 247 

The Rev. Peter 4 Thatcher was of course of Boston, and was the son 
of the Ralph 3 T. before mentioned. He was of H. C. 1696, and was or- 
dained at Weymouth, Nov. 26, 1707. In 1719, (as Drake records, Hist. 
Boston, p. 545,) he was chosen colleague of Rev. John Webb of the New 
North Church in Boston, and a contest was made by a minority opposed 
to his election. Many pamphlets were issued, and the quarrel was as 
embittered, as could well be imagined. He died March 1, 1739. 

[The compiler has made great use, in preparing this account, o(' a 
Memoir of the Thatcher Familv, in the New England Magazine for Jul/, 
1834. w. h. w.] 

Mr. SIMMONS SECCOMB, was the son of John Seccomb of Boston, 
who m. Mehitable Simmons, Nov. 26, 1702, and had, John, b. Nov. 19, 
1703; Joseph, b. June 14, 1706; Mehitable, b. Feb. 21, 1707-8; Sim- 
mons, b. May 17, 1711. Simmons Seccomb m. Elizabeth Rand, Jan. 
11, 1732. I trust some one will succeed in tracing this family to the 
Boston family of the same name. w. h. w. 

The Rev. Mr. JOHN SECCOMB, of Harvard, was born April 25, 
1708, the son of Peter and Hannah (Willis) Seccomb of Medford, Mass. 
His grandfather, Richard S., was of Lynn, 1660. He graduated at H. C. 
1728, and settled at Harvard, Mass. His brothers were Rev. Joseph of 
Kingston, who published several sermons, and Thomas of Medford, to 
whose accuracy and precision the records of that town are so much in- 
debted. We copy the following undated item from the papers, as we 
have a clear recollection that the building was stated to have been the 
residence of Seccomb. It was burnt, we think, in 1856 : — 

u On Friday afternoon, about five o'clock, the mansion house of Henry 
B. Pearson, in Harvard, in this county, was discovered to be on fire, and 
so difficult was it to obtain assistance at that timo, the residents of the 
neighborhood being generally in the fields, that the house, with the larger 
portion of its furniture and contents, was wholly consumed. The man- 
sion was one of the oldest and most costly structures in the town, and was 
situated in the rear of the Congregational church, in Harvard Centre. It 
was erected for a parsonage, in the old English style, by Esquire Bloom- 
field, grandfather of the present owner, who emigrated from England 
about the middle of the last century. Travellers passing through Har- 
vard have been attracted by its stately avenues of elm and poplar, and its 
imposing dimensions, as well as the general English style of its appoint- 

The Rev. Mr. EXPERIENCE MAYHEW of Chilmark, (for six.) 
We are happy to give the sketch of this subscriber from Prince's account 
•of him, in the second part of the "Indian Converts," which we abridge. 

Mr. Thomas 1 Mayhew, Senior, came over as a merchant, was disap- 
pointed, purchased a farm at Watertown, and in 1641 procured a patent 
of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, the Earl of Sterling's agent, for Martha's 
Vineyard, Nantucket, and Elizabeth Isles. In 1642 he sent Mr. Thomas 2 
Mayhew, Jr., his only son, a young scholar, about twenty-one years of 
age, with some other persons to the Vineyard.* 

* Hough's Nantucket Papers, printed at Albany, 1856, show that Gorges was a rival 
patentee and not Sterling's agent. Mayhew took his patent from James Forrett, as 
Sterling's agent, and Richard Vines, as Gorges's steward. Bond says, Thomas May- 
hew, Sen., was a merchant of Southampton, England, b. 1592, d. 1682. 

248 Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. [July, 

This son, Thomas, 2 commenced preaching to the Indians, made his first 
convert, Hiacoomes, in 1643, did much good, printed four letters on the 
subject in London, 1651,2, and 3, and having sailed for England in 
1657, with his wife's brother, the ship was never heard of more. He left 
three sons, Matthew, 3 Thomas, 3 and John. 3 Matthew, 3 on his grand- 
father's death became the chief man on the Island. John, 3 the youngest 
son, born in 1652, became a minister and carried on the pious labors 
commenced by his father. He died Feb. 3, 1688-9, leaving eight 
children, of whom the oldest was the subscriber, Experience, 4 b. Jan. 27, 
1672-3. He began to preach in 1693-4, and in 1698 Cotton Mather 
says, (Magnalia, B. vii., p. 110,) "That an hopeful and worthy young 
man, Mr. Experience Mayhew, must now have the Justice done him of 
this Character, That in the Evangelical Service among the Indians, there 
is no man that exceeds this Mr. Mayhew, if there be any that equals him. 1 ' 
Prince says, though not college bred he received a degree of Master of 
Arts at Cambridge, for his attainments, "to the approbation of oil that 
know him." He m. 1, a daughter of the Hon. Thomas Hinckley of 
Barnstable, and 2, a daughter of Shearjashub Bourn, and by his first mar- 
riage was an uncle of Prince. He had several children, including Joseph, 
Nathan, Jonathan, the minister at Boston, and Zechariah. He died in 

Matthew Mayhew published a tract called a Brief Narrative of the Suc- 
cess of the Gospel among the Indians of Martha's Vineyard ; reprinted in 
the Magnalia, book vi., p. 50. Experience published an account of Indian 
Converts, in 1727. 

Joseph Mayhew, M. A., was son of Experience, H. C. 1730. w. h. w. 

EDWARD WINSLOW, Esq., Sheriff of SufTolk, a subscriber for six, 
was descended from John 1 Winslow of Plymouth, a brother of Gov. Ed- 
ward 1 VV. who was born April 1597, of Edward and Magdalene Winslow 
of Droitwitch, co. Worcester, England. This John 1 Winslow came over 
in 1621, in the Fortune, and married Mary, daughter of James Chilton, 
of whom Bradford writes, in 1650, she is "still living and hath nine chil- 
dren, and one daughter is married and hath a child." Moore, (in Lives 
of the Governors, &c.) says they had six sons, John, 2 Isaac, 2 Benjamin, 2 
Edward, 2 Joseph, 2 and Samuel, 2 and five daughters, Sarah, 2 Susanna, 2 
Mercy, 8 Ann, 2 Mary, 2 and that he died in Boston, 1674, and his wife died 
in 1678. Edward, 2 the fourth son, was born in 1638, and according to 
Moore, m. for a second wife, Elizabeth Hutchinson. I find on the Boston 
records that Edward and Hannali Winslow had the following /children, 
and doubt not this is the same Edward, though some mistake has been 
made relative to his wife : — John, b. June 18, 1661 ; Sarah b. April 10, 
1663 ; Mary, b. April 3, 1665 ; Edward, b. Nov. 1, 1669 ; Katherine, b. 
June 2, 1672; [A daughter,*] b. March 22, 1673 ; Ann, b. Aug. 7, 1678. 

Edward, the subscriber, m. Plannah, daughter of Rev. Joshua Moodey, 
and had :— Joshua, b. Feb. 12, 1694; Hannah, b. March 8, 1697; John, 
b. Dec. 22, 1698, d. voung ; John, b. April 14, 1700 ; William, b. March 
24, 1701, d. young ; Edward, b. Feb. 8, 1703; Samuel b. May 29, 1705 ; 
William, b. Feb. 13, 1707; Isaac, b. May 2, 1709. By a second wife, 
Elizabeth, he had, Elizabeth, b. Feb. 16, 1712, m. Richard Clark, grand- 
father of Copley, Lord Lyndehurst. " He was a goldsmith ; colonel of 
the Boston regiment, and first sheriff of the county of Suffolk. From 

* Susanna i the name is torn off our record. 

1859.] Brastow Genealogy. 249 

about 1722 to 1742 he resided in State Street, on the estate now covered 
by the Tremont Bank. He died in 1753." 

Joshua Winslow, a subscriber for three, was a son of the foregoing 
Edward, and was a prominent merchant of Boston. 

The Hon. ISAAC WINSLOW of Marshfield, Esq., (for twelve.) He 
was descended from Gov. Edward Winslow, through his only son, Gov. 
Josias W., the child of his second wife, Susanna White. Josias m. Penel- 
ope, daughter of Herbert Pelham of Boston and Ferrers, in Bewers-Ham- 
let, co. Essex. Their only son was Isaac, the subscriber, born in 1671, 
was eminently distinguished. He was Commander of the Forces, Chief 
Justice of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas, Judge of Probate, and 
President of the Council. He died at Marshfield, December, 1738. His 
son John was the famous commander of the expedition against the French 
neutrals. w. h. w. 

-* — *— -»- 


[Communicated by George W. Messinger of Boston.] 

1, Thomas Brastow,* a native of England, settled in Bristol, R. I. 
He died, probably at a comparatively early age, leaving a widow and 
three children. His wife Elizabeth d. April 10, 1740, aged 68 years. 
Their children were :— (2) Elizabeth, 2 b. Dec. 19, 1707, m. Sept. l/l727, 
to Capt. Jeremiah Finney ; (3) Mary, 2 b. Oct. 23, 1711, m. Capt. Cox, 
and d. Jan. 11, 1740; (4) Thomas, 2 ^) only son, b. March 10, 1715. 

4 Thomas 2 Brastow settled in Wrentham, Mass., and m. Dec. 7, 
1738, Hannah Man, daughter of Samuel Man, Jr., and grand-daughter of 
Rev. Samuel Man, the first minister of Wrentham. He d. Feb. 20, 1770, 
aged 55. She d. Sept. 3, 1795, a. 81. Their children were : — (5) Eliz- 
abeth, 3 b. Oct. 19, 1739, d. Feb. 12, 1740 ; (6) Thomas, 3 [f] b. Nov. 13, 
1740;— (7) Mary, 3 [f] b. March 28, 1742, m. Daniel Messenger ;— (8) 
Jonathan 3 b. Sept. 5 and d. Sept. 21, 1744; — (9) Hannah 3 [i] b. June 

II HI 1 V.,11 *{;, i. I . '\ ' . \_J, K-> . , 1 J.C» I J_Jt!<f<.C>l'C/, IT U. -L-JWV. J-*-', A I f <V, ± 1 . KJ., lilt 

Jonathan Felt;— (14) David 3 b. Nov. 24, 1754 ;— (15) Billings 3 b. Sept. 
10, 1756, d. Oct. 14, 1757. 

6. Thomas 3 Brastow, eldest son of Thomas, 2 m. Susanna Fisher of 
Wrentham, Dec. 9, 1762. Their children were : — (16) Thomas, 4 b. Aug. 
1, 1763;— (17) Billings, 4 b. March 20, 1765;— (18) Betty, 4 b. Jan. 17, 
1767;— (19) Susanna, 4 b. Dec. 16, 1769 ;— (20) Hannah, 4 b. March 28, 
1771 ;— (21) Deoclat* b. May 18, 1+76 ;— (22) Samuel, 4 b. Nov. 1, 1778 ; 
(23) Ebenezer Fisher, 4 b. Nov. 1, 1780 ;— (24) Patty, 4 b. July 18, 1783 ; 
(25) Montcalm, 4 b. Jan. 10, 1786 ;— (26) Bowdoin, 4 b. July 18, 1788. 

7, Daniel Messinger, who m. Mary 3 Brastow,t was a son of Rev. 
Henry Messinger of Wrentham. Their children were : — (27) Mary, 4 b. 

* The name of Brastow is perhaps derived from the ancient one of Bristow — the 
original name of the city of Bristol, England, as well as of several noted families. 

t Widow Mary Messinger died Feb. 1836, aged 94 years. From her was obtained the 
family record of Thomas' 2 and Hannah Brastow, and from the Wrentham Church rec- 
ords and family records were the other names obtained. 

250 Brastow Genealogy. [July, 

March 9, 1764, m. 1st, to Jonathan Everett, and 2d, to Rev. Mr. Seamans 
of New London, N. H.;— (28) James, 4 b. Sept. 20, 1765, d. Dec. 24, 
1768;— (29) Daniel* b. June 17, 1768, settled in Boston, and married 
Susanna Hewcs Hinckley ;— (30) Sally, 4 b. Mar. 25, 1770, m. Timo. Dex- 
ter, of Cumberland, R. I.;— (31) The fifth child 4 b. Nov. 3, 1771 and d. 
soon ; — (32) Henry, 4 b. March 23. 1773, m. 1st, to Frances Bowen, and 
2d, to Esther Gould ;— (33) William, 4 b. Feb. 24, 1775, m. Diraxa Fales 
of Wrentham ; — (34) Repsima, 4 b. March 9, 1777, m. Daniel Woodbury 
of New London, N. II.;— (35) Esther, 4 b. April 19, 1779, m. Capt. Rob- 
ert Hinckley of Milton, Mass.; — (36) Horace, 4 b. Sept. 19, 1781, m. Olive 
Hancock of Wrentham ; — (37) Elizabeth, 4 b. Julv 29, 1783, m. Erasmus 
J. Pierce of Philadelphia ;— (38) Simpson, 4 b. Sept 6, 1785, d. May 22, 
1781, unmd. 

9. Thomas GbOEGB, who m. Hannah 3 Brastow resided at Wrentham. 

Their children were :— (891 Richard 4 b. Oct. 24, L768;— (40) Thomas, 4 

b. Julv 25, 1770, m. Dec. 17, 17!>:>, to Olive Cowell J— (41) Hannah, 4 b. 

Jan. 9, 1772. m. Dec. 15, 1796, to Caleb Carpenter of Reboboth ;— (42) 
Wdrrenfb. Dec. 28, 177."). and d. Feb. 21, 1776;— (48) Timothy, 4 b. 
Jan. 25, 1777;— 14) SaUy, 4 1». May 11. 177!>. m. Jan. 23, L804,to Sam- 
uel Cowell, Jr.:—; 15 Polly, 4 b. May 19, 17^1 :— (6) Artemas 4 b. May 
7,1783;—- 17 Roxaf b. May 16, 17$5;— 18 Amanda, 4 b. Oct. 13, 
1788;— ;o Lewis, 4 1». April 2D. 1791. 

10. Samuel* Bkastow Bailed from Boston in a privateer, for Marti- 
nique, Dee. 7, 1777. The fessel was captured by the- British and taken 
to Halifax, N. S., where be was kept in the jail about four months, and, 
Oct. 7, 177 s , was put on board a vessel hound for Boston. Having been 

taken siek on the passage lie vrai carried to Eta i (18 ford Island, Boston har- 
bor, where he died Oct 19, 177s, aged .'Jl j unmd. 

12. BBRIAH 1 Brastow, m. at Wrentham, Jerusha Kollock, March 19, 
1775; died July 6, 1824, and was buried with masonic honors. Their 
children were : — (f>0 George, 4 b. June 6, 177o\ m. Anna Fisher of Wren- 
tham, May 16, 1802, d. Dec. 1S.")0; his son. Hon. George ( ). 6 Brastow, of 

Somerville, Mass., was sta i senator for Middlesei county in 1854; — 51) 

Oliver 4 h. Aug. 16, 1778; num.; lost at - . I I ■•. 1804; — 52 Nancy, 4 
b. Julv 25, 17s0. m. June 13, 1802, to Dr. James Dorrance, d. Sept. 
1826 ;— (53) Sally, 4 b. Oct. 8, 17^2. m. Judge Jairus Ware, Feb. 13, 1810, 
d. May 17, l^-Jo;— (54) Addison, 4 b. Jan. 10, 17s:>. m. to Mary Bidlard 
of Sharon, 1816, d. Aug. 1854;— (55) Lemuel Kollock, 4 b. Aug. 21, 

1787, in. 1st, to Lydia Adams of Medfield, in L815, and 2d, to Jane Ad- 
elaide Cornette of Wrentham, March 4, 1821, died in 1828 ; — (56) Beri- 
ah,* b. Aug. 29, 1789, d. April 9, 1790 ;— -(57) Abigail Whcelock, 4 b. 
June 2, 1791 ;— (58) Beriah, 4 b. July 9, 1797, d. Aug. 24, 1797. 

13. Jonathan Felt of Wrentham, a captain in the Revolutionary 
Army, was m. to Eunice 3 Brastow, Nov. 18, 1784 ; he d. Nov. 5, 1800; 
she d. July 2, 1802. Their children were:— (5ft) Patty, 4 b. Sept. 29, 
1785, m. Jan. 1, 1806, Samuel Everett of Attleboro\ Mass.;— (60) Oli- 
ver, 4 b. March 20. 1787, m. Almira Shepherd ;— (61) Joseph 4 b. Nov. 13, 

1788, m. Sarah Carson of Savannah ;— (62) JSancy 4 b. April 5, 1793, 
m. Dea. John C. Proctor of Boston, Jan 30, 1817. 

1859.] Marriages in Taunton. 251 


The following record of marriages solemnized by Maj. Thomas Leonard, of Taun- 
ton, from 1684 to 1713, the year of his death, is from a manuscript volume still extant. 
The record was printed in the Bristol County Telegram for Nov. 20, 1S58, whence we 
have copied it. For a notice of Maj. Thomas Leonard, see Keg. V. 407. 

John Walker and Mary Knoles were married the 22d of July, 1684. 

'Abraham Hathway and Rcbekah Wilbore were mar. August 28, 1684. 

Robert Godfree and Hannah Hackit were married Jan. 14, 1684-5. 

Samuel Hoskins and Mary Austin married Feb. 5, 1684. 

Uriah Leonard and Elizabeth Caswell mar. June 1, 1685. 

Joseph Richmond and Mary Andrewes married June 26, 1685. 

Abell Burt and Grace Andrewes married June 26, 1685. 

James Burt and Mary Thayer married Sept. 2, 1685. 

John Knap and Sarah Austin married Oct. 7, 1685. 

Joseph Crosman and Sarah Alden married Nov. 24, 1685. 

"Wm. Makepeace and Abigad Tisdail married Dec. 2, 1685. 
Barnes Phillips and Abigaile Hathway married Dec. 9, 1685. 

John Macomber, Sen. and Mary Badcock married Jan. 7, 1685-6. 

Thomas Braman and Hannah Fisher married Jan. 20, 1685-6. 

Walter Merry and Elizabeth Cunnill married Jan. 21, 16S5-6. 

Mr. George Goodwin and Deborah Walker married Feb. 9, 1685-6. 

Henry Andrewes and Mary Dean mar. FeJj. 17, 16S5— 6. 

Richard Burt and Eunice Leonard mar. Feb. IS, 1685-6. 

William Davis and Mary Makepeace married March 1, 1685-6. 

William Wood and Dorothy Irish mar. April 1, 1686. 

Samuel Hall and Elizabeth Bourn mar. April 7, 1686. 

Samuel Bayley and Mary Thayer married May 17, L686. 

Richard Haskins and Jane Fluster mar. Aug. 2, 1686. 

Aaron Knap and Rachel Burt married Dec. 8, 1686. 

John Crane and Hannah Leonard mar. Dee. 13, 1686. 
^.Isaac Hathway and Mary Pits married Mar 17, 1686-7. 
^Jared Talbot and Rebekah Hathway mar. May 4, 1687. 

Josiah Smith and Mary Prat, of Dartmouth, married May 25, 1687. 

Samuel Knap and Elizabeth Cob married May 26, 1687. 

William Briggs and Constant Lincoln married July 13, 1687. 

John Packer and Judith Winslow mar. April 12, 1688. 

John Burrill and Mercy Alden married June 26, 1688. 

Henry Andrewes and Mary Williams mar. July 4, 1688. 

Joshua Tisdale and Abigail Andrews mar. July 5, 1688. 

Ebenezer Thayer and Ruth Neal married Aug. 2, 1688. 

John Hackit and Ealenor Gardner mar. Sept. 10, 16S8. 

John Whipple and Lydia Hoar married Nov. 16, 1688. 

Jonathan Haward and Susana Keith married Jan. 8, 1688-9. 

John Knowlman, Jr. and Ealenor Evins married Feb. 5, 1688-9. 

James Edmester and Anne Makepeace married April 19, 1689. 

Thomas Brigs and Abigail Thayer mar. Oct. 24, 1689. 

Thomas Lincolne and Susana Smith mar. Nov. 14, 1689. 

John Caswel and Elizabeth Hall married Nov. 26, 1689. 

Nath. Bun and Hannah Willims married Nov. 28, 1688. 

Edward Cob and Sarah Hackit married Dec. 18, 1689. 

Samuel Crosman and Elizabeth Bell mar. Dec. 19, 1689. 

252 Marriages in Taunton. [July, 

Daniel Oen and Hannah Lincoln mar. Dec. 23, 1689. 
John Crosman and Johana Thayer mar. Jan. 7, 1689-90. 
Jonathan Pratt and Elizabeth Hall married March 3, 1689-90. 
Benjamin Williams and Rebekah Macey married Mar. 12, 1689-90. 
Samuel Hackit and Mary Crane mar. March 28, 1690. 
James Phillips and Elizabeth French married May 7, 1690. 
William Thomas and Sarah Prat married July 30, 1691. 
Jonathan Hayward and Sarah Dean mar. Oct. 8, 1691. 
Joseph Basset and Bathyah Eaton mar. Nov. 5, 1691. 
Thomas Caswcl and Mary Ransden mar. Dec, 2, 1691. 
Stephen Mi rack and Anna Wilbore mar. Jan. 25, 1691—2. 
Nicholas Stoughton and Sarah Hoar married Feb, 25, 1691-2. 
Stephen Burden and A.bigale Williamson married March 24, 1()!>'J. 
Jonah Austin and Tamasun Lincolne married April 20, 1692. 
Samuel Hoskins and Rebekah B ka mar. May 12, 1692. 
Jolm Paul and Dorothy Walker married May 26, 1692. 
Samuel Waterman and Marcy Ransome mar. July 26, 1692. 

Samuel BrigS and Marv Hall married July 27, L692. 
John Hall and Ester Bell married Dec. 11, 1692. 

Samuel Dean and Sarah Robinson mar. Dec. 15, L692. 
Samuel Staple and Hannah Lillikin married Feb. 9, 1691—2. 
Samuel Waldron and Hannah Brigs mar. Apr. 17, ItiDU. 
Edward Paul and E8ter Bobbol married 'S.l. 1693, 
William Rypley and Mary Corbison mar. Oct, II. 1693. 
Miles Gorden and Elisa. Smith married Oct. 16, 1693. 
Willi, on Brigs and Elisabeth Lincolne married Oct. 17, 1693. 
Ebenezer Camball and Hannah Prat mar. Mar. 29, 1694. 
James Bennet and Ruth Rogers mar. July 1*J. 1694. 
Samuel Richmond and Mnhitabell Andrews married Dee 'jo. 1694. 
Christopher Penny and Elisabeth Wallero married Jan. 8, 1695. 
Daniel Fisher and Mercy Edy married Feb. 7, 1694-5. 

William Cobb and Mary NYwIand mar. Feb. 11. 169 1-5. 

Increase Robinson and Mahitabell Williams married Feb. 11, 1694-6. 

Benj. Jones and Hannah Walker mar. Apr. 8, 1695. 

George Leonard and Anna Tisdale mar. Jul) 1. 1695. 
Joseph Tucker and Hannah Wilkinson married D< c. 7, 1695. 
Charles Williams and Mary Gladding married Feb. 13, 1695-6. 
Joseph Jones and Abigail Caswel married Apr. 6, 1696. 
Jacob Staple and Mary Briggs married Sept. 15, 1G!h;. 
John Hall and Elisabeth King married Dec. 17, 1696. 
Samuel Crosman and Mary Sawyer mar. Dec. 22, 1696. 
Eliezer Fisher and Hannah Edy mar. Dec. 24, 16 ( J6. 
Thomas Randall and Rachel l Lincolne married Jan. 20, 169G-7. 
Jacob Hathway and Phillip Chase mar. Jan. 28, 1G96. 
Henry Gaishet and Sarah Haskins mar. Sept. 2, 1697. 
Joseph Wood and Abigail Paul married Oct. 18, 1697. 
^John Simmons and Hannah Hathway married Dec. 14, 1G97. 
Thomas Makepeace and Mary Burt, married Jan. 10, 1697-8. 
Jabiz Prat and Elisabeth Cobb mar. Feb. 23, 1697-8. 
Jeremiah Fairbanks and Mary Penfield married April 14, 1698. 
Thomas Monrow and Mary Wormwell married Oct. 13, 1698. 
William Britten and Lidia Leonard mar. Oct. 26, 1698. 
Edward Bobbot and Elisabeth Thayer mar. Dec. 22, 1698. 

1859.] Marriages in Taunton. 253 

Israel Woodward and Bonnet Edy mar. Dec. 28, 1698. 

James Leonard, Junior, and Hannah Stone married Feb. 28, 169S-9. 

David Shepard and Rebecca Curtice married Apr. 12, 1699. 

John Kennicut and Elizabeth Luther mar. Apr. 14, 1699. 

Joseph Benson and Deborah Smith mar. April 17, 1699. 

Ephraim Staples and Elisabeth Welsber married Aug. 16, 1699. 

Thomas Stephens and Mary Casewell married Sept. 28, 1699. 

James Walker and Sarah Richmond mar. Oct. 6, 1699. 

Thomas Leonard, Jr. and Johanah Pitcher married Dec. 1, 1699. 

Thomas Terry and Abigail Dean mar. Jan. 4, 1699-1700. 

John King and Alice Dean married Feb. 1, 1699-1700. 

John Smith, son of Nathaniel Smith, and Priscilla Blake were married 
May 30, 1700. 

Samuel Hodges and Experience Leonard were married Dec. 31, 1700. 

Eliezcr Edy and Elisabeth Randell mar. Mar. 27, 1701. 

Samuel Leonard and [Catherine Dean mar. Apr. 17, 1701. 

Samuel Blake and Sarah Pitts married May 19, 1701. 

William Thayer and Sarah Bobbol mar. May 29, 1701. 

Israel Packer and Hannah Crosman mar. July 16, 1701. 

Remembrance Simmons and I lannah Smith were married Dec. 17, 1701. 

John Alger and Johanah King married April 9, 1702. 

Sam'l Hoskins, Sr. and Hannah Hall mar. June 4, 1702. 

Francis Smith and Ester Hollo way mar. July 13, 1702. 

Benjamin Newland and Sarah Leonard married July 23, 1702. 

Edward Simmons and Ester Reed, both of Swansey, were married 
Jan. 6, 1702-3. 

Joseph Wood and Mary Reed married Jan. 11, 1702-3. 

Caleb Edy and Bathyah Smith, both of Swansey, were married Jan. 
11, 1702-3. 

Peter Pitts and Bathyah Robbinson mar. Mar. 11, 1702-3. 

Elkanah Leonard and Charity Hodges m. Mar. 25, 1703. 

John Wilbore and Alice Pitts married April 20, 1703. 

Nicholas White and Experience King mar. June 2, 1703. 

Benjamin Chace and Mercy Simmons married June 23, 1703. 

Ephraim Smith and Mary Savage, both of Swansey, mar. Oct. 15, 1703. 

Nathaniel Crossman and Sarah Marrick married Oct. 21, 1703. 

John Smith and Mary Godfree mar. Nov. 25, 1703. 

Moses Choksinah and Elisabeth Joseph married Nov. 26, 1703. 

Edward Hammet and Experiance Boles married Jan. 17, 1703-4. 

William Corbitt, of Swanzev, and Hannah Negus, of Taunton, married 
March 23, 1703-4. 

Hezekiah Luther, Junior, and Martha Gardner, both of Swanzey, mar- 
ried March 23, 1703-4. 

Ebenezer Hall and Jane Bumpus mar. June 22, 1704. 

John Smith and Abigail Simmons mar. Oct. 26, 1704. 

Robert Woodward and Hannah Briggs married April 2, 1705. 

John Terry and Remember Farrah mar. April 3, 1705. 

George Townsend and Elisabeth Gilbert married April 27, 1705. 

David Gaschit and Alice Godfree mar. June 12, 1705. 

John Pain and Rebekah Divis married Oct. 31, 1705. 

Amos Briggs and Sarah Pain married Jan. 2, 1705-6. 

William Macomber and Sarah Holloway married Jan. 3, 1705-6. 

Ebenezer Robbinson and Mary Williams married Feb. 13, 1705-6. 

254 Marriages in Taunton. [July, 

Joseph Dunham and Bathiah Chase mar. June 19, 1706. 

James Leonard and Rebeckah Williams married Aug. 29, 1706. 

Timothy Cooper and Elisabeth Gurney married Oct. 16, 1706. 

Nathaniel French and Abigail Smith mar. Nov. 7, 1706. 

Thomas Hix and Abigail Bliffin, both of Swanzey, married Dec. 30, 

Walter Chace and Deliverance Simmons, both of Freetown, married 
Jan. 29, 1706-7. 

Joseph Tisdale, Junior, and Ruth Reed married Mar. 13, 1706-7. 

Benjamin Caswel and Mary Briggs married March 17, 1706-7. 

Jothathan Williams and Elizabeth Leonard married April 3, 1707. 

Joseph Williams and Mary (lilhert mar. Apr. 7, 1707. 

Toney we Hainan and Elisabeth Waa married Oct. 10, 1707. 

Benjamin Williams and Elisabeth Deane married Dec. 4, 1707. 

Abraham Simmons and Anne Lee mar. Dec. 25, 1707. 

Samuel BdsoD and Mary Dean married Jan. 1, 1707-8. 

William Brightman and Men v Spur married Jan. 22, 1707-8. 

Joseph Winslow, of Swaneey, and Mary Tisdale, of Taunton, married 
Feb. 11, 1707- v 

John Macomber and Elizabeth Williams married Mar. 17, 1707-8. 

Uriah Leonard, Jr. and Abigail Stone married June 12, 1708. 

Nathan Walker and Abigail Richmond married July "J!*, 170*. 

William Hodges and Susana Gilbert mar. July 'J!), 17(> s . 

Joseph Reed, of Freetown, and Sarah Dean, of Taunton, married Dec. 
29, 1708. 

Joshua Ilowland, of Freetown, and Elisabeth Ilolloway, of Taunton, 
married May 12, 1709. 

Richard God free, Junior, and Bathsheba Walker married Dec. 15, 

John White, Jr. and Elisabeth Crosman married Dec. 28, 1709. 

Israel Dean and Ruth Jones married Jan. 19, 1709-10. 

Nicholas Vorce and Mary Bourn mar. March 30, 1710. 

Edward White and Rebekali Wetherell married May 3, 1710. 

William Corbitt and Mercy Allin mar. July 10, 1710. 

John Harvey and Mehetable Leonard married July 23, 1710. 

John Briant and Abigail Hollo way mar. Sept. 27, 1710. 
-David Shearmon, of Dartmouth, and Abigail I lath way, of Freetown, 
married Dec. 27, 1710. 

Daniel Williams and Mercy Dean mar. Feb. 1, 1710-11. 

William Hodges and Hannah Tisdale married Feb. 8, 1710-11. 

Isaac Hathway and Sarah Makepeace married Feb. 22, 1710-11. 

William Manly and Mercy Howin mar. Feb. 22, 1710-11. 

Ebenezer Hathway and Hannah Shaw married March 8, 1710-11. 

Samuel Myrick and Experience Briggs married March 29, 1711. 

Henry Hodges and Sarah Leonard mar. April 5, 1711. 

Asaph Lane and Elizabeth Wellman mar. Apr. 17, 1711. 

Benjamin Smith and Sarah Maclothlin married May 15, 1711. 

John Hackit and Elisabeth Elliot mar. May 18, 1711. 

Matthew White and Susana Hall married July 10, 1711. 

Samuel Bayley and Elisabeth Caswel mar. Aug. 28, 1711. 

Charles Joslen and Dorothy Paul married Oct. 24, 1711. 

Stephen Gary and Mercy Gilbert married Nov. 9, 1711. 

Mr. Matthew Short and Mrs. Margaret Freeman married Dec. 27, 1711. 

1859.] Diary of Rev. Jonathan Pierpont. 255 

John CIcevcland and Martha Simmons married Jan. 1, 1711-12. 
Thomas Pain and Susanna Hascall married Feb. 21, 1711-12. 
James Hall and Sarah Williams married May 14, 1712. 
Samuel Pitts and Rebeckah Williams mar. May 14, 1712. 
Joshua Atherton and Elisabeth Leonard married July 23, 1712. 
John Forrest and Mary Briggs married July 24, 1712. 
William Davis and Keziah Cudworth mar. July 24, 1712. 
Seth Smith and Anne Edmister married Nov. 13, 1712. 
Josiah White and Margret Leonard mar. Nov. 20, 1712. 
Josiah Cane and Damaras Macomber married Dec. 10, 1712. 
Seth Leonard and Dorcas White married Dec. 17, 1712. 
Thomas Baker and Abigail White married Dec. 17, 1712. 
Ebenezer Williams and Judeth King, married Jan. 8, 1712-13. 
John Whitman and Rebekah Manley married March 2, 1712-13. 
Jeremiah Wetherell and Rachel I Basset married March 26, 1713. 
Nathaniel Wetherell and Mary White married May 28, 1713. 
John San ford and Abigail Pitts married July 1, 1713. 
Ichabod Maxfield and Mary God free mar. Aug. 12, 1713. 

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[Jonathan, son of Robert and Sarah (Lynde) Pierpont, and grandson of James, a 
merchant of London, afterwards of Ipswich, Mass., was born in Roxbury, June 10th, 
1G65; settled in Reading, June 26, 1GS9; died June 3, 17o ( J. (See Hist. Dorchester, 
p. 500.) These extracts are from the original Diary in the possession of Rev. John 
PiEitroxT of Medford.] 

When I was about 5 years old, as I was leading an horse, I fel down, 
and the horse set his foot on the side of my head ; my Father being near, 
run and took the horses foot ofT, and thru the goodness of God, I had little 
harm. The horse was great, newly shod, and had he born his weight on 
my head, I might have been killed immediately. 

July 10, 1682. I was admitted a member of the Colledg. M r . J. Cot- 
ton, a pious and learned man was my Tutor. 

It pleased God to awaken me by the Death of y* pious Youth Edw. 
Dudley. I thought it would go ill with me if God should suddenly take 
me away. 

Julv 1, 1685. I took mv first Decree. 
" 4. I removed from Cambridg to my Fathers House. 

Febr. 1. 1 went to Dorchester to keep school. 
[A fac-simile of 
his signature to 
the agreement en- 

tered on Dorches- /m . U/07LdX/l'&7? fi/ 4#40/»Z f 
ter Town Records ( & I // 

is appended.] \^^^/ / 

While I lived at Dorchester, it pleased God to awaken me by the word 

Aug. 8, 1686. I preached my first sermon at Milton. Text. 1 Pet. 5. 
5 — And giveth Grace to the Humble. 

1687. July 31. I was invited to preach at Deadham for a Quarter of 
a year. By the Advice of Ministers & my Friends I accepted the Call. 

256 Diary of Rev. Jonathan Pierpont. [July,* 

July 31. T left teaching school at Dorch. and went to my Father's 

Sept. 18. The Church at Deadham with the Town invited me to con- 
tinue in the work of the ministry with them in Order to settlement. 

Nov. 8. I had an invitation to the work of the Ministry at New London. 

Nov. 13. I was again called to settle at Deadham. But meeting with 
Opposition I was discouraged from accepting the Call. 

Dee. 18. I gave this Answer, That 1 did not see my wav cleer to set- 
tle among them, & so I took my leave of the people at Deadham. 

Jan. 23) 1G8£. I was taken sick of the measles, and was very ill 
three or four days. 

Febr. 19. 168J. I Joyned in ful Comunion with the church of Cht. in 

Apr. 12. 1688. I had a call to preach the word at Sandwich. 
— 19. 1 went thither accompanyed with Elder Chipman. 

May 5. A publick fast appointed by reason of a sore drought ; when 
the afternoon Exercise began, God Benl a plenteous rain. 

May 9. 1 returned from Sandwich to my Fathers. 

Mav 16. I had a call to the work of the Ministry at New-berry village. 

May 22. 1 had a call to NorthhYld. 

June 19. I went to the Funeral of the lv' rerend M r l»rock* at Read- 
ing. I took notice that the good people much lamented the death of their 
Pastor. He was a man who excelled most men in Faith, Prayer and pri- 
vate Conference. 

After the funeral, I was Desired by some of the principal Persons in 
the place, to preach among them on the first Sabbath in July. 

July 1. I preached at Reading. Text. Hebr. L2. •">. 

July 4. 1 took my second Degree. 

July 15. I preached again at Reading, & being desired, I continued to 
[be] helpful at that place til I went to Sandwich. 

Aug. 8. I went to Sandwich, according to my Promise, and continued 
there a month. The people there were very desirous of my settlement 
among them. But I kept my [self] free from an engagement to them, as 
my Father counselled me. 

Sept. 5. 1 returned to my Father's house. 

Sept. 9. I was helpful at Reading. 

The people at Reading gave me a call to the Work of the Ministry 
amongst them in order to a settlement with them. 

I was in a great strait, and knew not which way to move. I had incli- 
nations to go to Sandwich. 

1. Because I saw there was an opportunity to do service for Cht. in y* 

* John Brock was born in Stradbrook, Suffolk, Eng., in 1620; came to New Eng- 
land in 1637 ; grad. H. C. 1646 ; preached at Rowley, then at the Isle of Shoals. 
After his settlement at Reading, he entered the following memorandum in that Book of 
Church Records, which was apparently begun by him: "John Brocke called by the 
Church to officiate amongst them after M r Sam. Ilaugh's decease at Boston, and dis- 
missed to them from Dedham Church, was joined to them the Lord's day before y e 
Ordination and Nov. 13, '62 he was ordained, and y e Day after he was married to Mrs. 
Sarah Haugh a widdow indeed." Judge Sewall in his Journal writes : — " 1688. Tues- 
day, June 19. Went to y e Funeral of Mr Brock of Reding, a worthy good Minister 
generally lamented. Was very laborious in Catechizing and instructing Youth. Mr 
Danforth, Mr Russel there. Mr Morton, Wigglesworth, Fisk, Fox, Shepard, Lorie, 
Pierpont, Lawson, Carter, &c. buried between 2 and 3/' &c. &c. See article by Rev. 
Sam'l Sewall, of Burlington, Am. Quar. Reg. xi. 190. t. 

1859.] Diary of Rev. Jonathan Pierpont. 257 

2. The Generality of the people (except the Quakers) were Desirous 
of my coming among them. 

3. The young men in y e place were in danger of being drawn away 
by the Quakers if a minister was not speedily setled among them. 

The People of Reading urged me to accept their Invitation. They 
told me, 

1. They had observed remarkable Providences directing and leading 
them to make choice of me for their Minister. 

2. They were Unanimous in their Calling me. 

3. The Town was in great Danger of being divided if I accepted not 
their call. 

4. The young people were very desirous of my Coming among them. 

5. The longer I was with them, the more desirous were they of En- 
joying my labours. 

I looked up to God and waited on him to Lead me in the way wherein 
he would have me to go. I asked advice of the Reverend Elders what 
to do in my present case. Some Counselled me to go to Sandwich, but 
the most were for my going to Reading. I asked Counsel of my Rela- 
tions. They advised me to accept of the Call at Reading. My honoured 
Father was averse to my going to Sandwich. He once told me, he had 
often sought to God to discover his mind to him in this matter, and the 
oftener he Comended this case to God, the more unwilling he was that I 
should go to Sandwich. His words had a great influence on me. 

After some time I thought God called me to service for him at Reading. 
My way seemed to be deer to go thither. 

Sep 1 . 28. 1 went to Charlstown to live at my Uncle Lynd's house 

Nov. 28. I removed from my Uncle's house to Reading ; and lived 
with Capt. Savage. 

Decemb. 6. We kept a publick Fast at Reading to seek unto God for 
his presence with us in the work before us. 

Jan. 14. Hearing that my Father was ill, I went to Roxb. to visit him, 
and found him sick of a Fever, but in a very heavenly frame. 

— 19. At Evening my Father thought he should not live long. I 
desired his blessing which he gave me. * * * * * 

Jan. 21. My Father began to grow better and soon recovered. 

Jan. 30. The Church in Reading invited to accept the Office of a 
Pastor among them. 

Febr. 27. We kept another publick Fast. 

1689. May 29. A Fast was kept by the Church and Town of Read- 
ing : &c. 

June 26. I was Ordained Pastor of y e Church of Cht. in Reading. 
Text. 2 Cor. 2. 16. M r Morton gave me the Charge. Mr. C. Math, gave 
me the right hand of Fellowship. 

July 14. It was the first time that I admini>tered the Sacrament of the 
Lord's Supper. 

Aug. 12. I began publickly to Catechise the Children in Reading. 

Dec. 18. I began to keep house. 

Dec. 31. M r Fox, Mr C. & my self with some others kept a day of 
Prayer for a maid who was deprived of the use of her reason. It pleased 
God to give a remarkable answer to y e prayers put up to him, for before 
the day was ended the use of her Understanding was wonderfully restored 
to her. 

1690. Aug. 13. This day my horse threw me, but God preserved my 
Life and limbs. ,- 

258 Punkapaug Indians. — West Church. [July, 

Octob. 8. I had the preceding week an impulse on my spirit to set 
this day apart for publick prayers to God for our friends who were gone 
to Canada. When I proposed the matter to the congregation, some de- 
sired that it might be defered. 1 answered, we know not what need our 
friends might stand in of our prayers. I have since been informed that 
on this day they Engadged with their enemies. And it pleased God that 
not a man who went from this town was slain. 

Dec. 10. We spent time in Prayer to God for our friends who were 
returned from Canada, and were sick of a sore fever. And tho' many of 
them were likely to die, yet they all soon recovered. 

1691. July 30. Having obtained the consent of my Parents, I gave 
M rs E. A.* a visit. 

Octob. 29. I was marryed to M rs . E. A. a pious, and prudent Person. 
It is said, Prov. 18. 22. Whoso findcth a wife, findeth a good thing, and 
obiaineth favour of the Lord. Ch. 19. 14. — A prudent wife is from the 
Lord, viz. in a spcciall manner. Blessed be y e Lord for this rich mercy. 

1692. March. My honoured Father Angier dyed. 

My wife was soon after visited with a sore Fever, but it pleased God in 
a short time to recover her. 

Febr. 25. Our first Child was born, which was a daughter. Name, 

1695. Sept. 14. My son Jonathan was born. 

1706. Oct. 13. My son Joseph born about one in morning. 

1707. Febr. 11. Mary Pierp*. born. 

[Mr. Picrpont died June 3, 1709. Rev. Joseph Green of Danvers, who attended the 
funeral, says : — "There was a general lamentation — he was a man of great worth." 
Judge Sewall in his Journal writes: — "June 3. The Hever d . Mr. l'icrpont dies at 
Reading; a very great Loss." "June 6. Artillery day. I went with Mr John Williams 
of Dearrield to y e Funeral of Mr Pierpont at Heading. Hifl Bearers were Leverett, 
Brattle; Wadsworth, Colman; Green, Eox. Mr Jonathan Corwin and I followed next 
after the Relations : None else of the Council there." See Sewall's Account of Min- 
isters in Middlesex County, &c, in Am. Quar. Reg. before referred to.] 

Punkapaug Indians. — The following advertisement is copied from the 
" Boston Post Boy and Advertiser," Aug. 3, 1767. Some account of Mr. 
Capen will be found in the History of Dorchester, now in course of pub- 
lication, page 536 : — 

"The subscriber having been appointed by the Great and General 
Court in their last Session, Guardian to the Punkapaug Indians : Notice is 
hereby given to all persons not to trust or give Credit to any of the said 
Indians, as no debts of their contracting will be paid without the Consent 
of the said Guardian. Jonathan Capen. 

Stoughton, July 30, 1767." 

West Church, Boston. — " Wednesday afternoon the Reverend Simeon 
Howard, A. M., was ordained to the Pastoral Office of the West Church 
in this Town, whereof the late Reverend Jonathan Mayhew, D. D., was 
Pastor. The Rev. Mr. Perkins, of Bridgewater, began with Prayer, Rev. 
Dr. Chauncy preached a Sermon suitable to the Occasion, from Acts, xvii., 
2, 3: The Rev. Mr. Gay, of Hingham, gave the Charge; the Rev. Mr. 
Appleton, of Cambridge, gave the Right Hand of Fellowship, and the 
Rev. Mr. Mather concluded with Prayer." — Boston Post Boy and Adv., 
Monday, May 11, 1767. 

* Elizabeth Angier, daughter of Edmund and Ann (Pratt) Angier, of Cambridge, 
was baptized Sept. 22, 1667. The prefix "Mrs." to the name of a maiden woman, was 
not uncommon in early times. 

1859.] Petition of Some called Brownists. 259 


[The important paper, here enclosed for publication in the Register, 
has never been published or even alluded to, by any writer, early or late. 
I found it in the British State Paper Office, Domestic Series. As pe- 
titions of that day were seldom signed, we know nothing of the movers 
of this, as no name is attached to it. The endorsement upon it is this : — 
The humble Petition of her highnes faithfull Subiects falsly called 

This Petition was to the Lords of the Privy Council, but what action, if 
any, they took upon it, I have not had time to ascertain. It was doubtless 
drawn up soon after the passage of the cruel act of the 35th of Elizabeth 
(1592) against the Puritans; which act, to a certain extent, prepared the 
way for the settlement of New England. It is plain from this document 
that those poor persecuted people turned their eyes early to the northern 
shores of America. They hoped there to be free from persecution, be- 
cause no Churchmen or Catholics would be near them ; that they would 
be in a country, the title to which was perfect by right of prior discovery. 

North America had been taken possession of for the Crown of Eng- 
land, both on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts ; an English fleet, by com- 
mission from Queen Elizabeth, had coasted the northern American shores, 
and cleared them of all the French and Spanish vessels employed in fish- 
ing in those seas, bringing their crews prisoners into England ; and, we 
may suppose, as a last consideration, the Churchmen (whom they viewed 
little better than the " bloody Roman Catholics") had possessed them- 
selves of Virginia. 

The Petitioners speak of Canada as the place of settlement. It will be 
remembered that at the period of this petition there was no New England, 
and that what is now New England was included under the general name 
of Canada. 

One of the inducements held out to the Council by the Petitioners, to 
permit them to settle in North America, must cause many a smile to peo- 
ple of this day, and more from those who come after them. It is difficult 
for us to understand how people could be sincere in their humble protesta- 
tion of loyalty to their bigoted and disdainful persecutors. And all we 
have to add is, if these were sincere, so probably was poor John Stubbs, 
who, after having his right hand cut off on Tower Hill, for writing what 
he knew then, and everybody knows now, in favor of the best interests of 
England, held up his handless arm and cried aloud, " God save the 
Queen !"] S. G. D. 

[the petition.] 

The humble Petition of her highnes faithfull Subiects falsly called 

Their humble suite to yo r 11: [Lordships] is, that it would please yo w 
to be the meanes vnto her ma tie to graunt them Lcense to passe peaceably 
into the province of Canada, and there to inhabit, where they p'mise to 
demeane themselves w Ul all Dutifull regard towardes her ma tie as becometh 
her good subiectes. 

To the Right Honorable the Lords of her Mat 3 most honorable priue 
Councell : 

Whereas wee her Ma tes naturall borne Subiectes and Loyell, nowe lyv- 
ing many of vs in other Countries as mene exiles her highnes Domynions 
and the rest w ch remaine within her Graces land greatlie distressed 

260 Free Grammar School in Boston. [July, 

throughe imprisonment and other great troubles sustained onlie for some 
matters of conscience in which our most lamentable estate wee cannot in 
that measure performe the dutie of Subiectes as wee desier. And also 
whereas meanes is now offered for our being in a forraigne and farre 
Countrie w ch lieth to the west from hence in the Province of Canada, 
where by the providence of the Almightie, and her Ma tei most gratious 
fauour, wee may not onlie worshippe god as wee are in conscience per- 
swaded by his word, but also doe vnto her Ma Ue : and o r Country great 
good service, and in tyme also greatlie annoy that bloodie and persecuting 
Spaniard about the Baye of Mexico. Our most humble suite is that it 
may please your honors to bee a meanes vnto her excellent Ma Ue . that 
with her most gracious fauour and protection wee may peaceablie Depart 
thither, and there remayning to bee accounted her Ma 1 " faithful] and lev- 
ins Subiectes, to whom wee owe all dutie and obedience in the Lord. 
Promising heerebie, and taking god to record, who searched] the heartes 
of all people. That wheresoever wee become wee will by the' grace of 
god Hue and die faithfully to her highnes and this Land of our Natiuitec. 


[The original of the following was found, ■ few days since, in a hand-cart, near the 
door of a junk-shop in this city. The paper Lb endorsed! "Proposition for a Free 
Gramer School at the North End of Boston. Keced Mar. 10** 171 1-12. "J 

Considerations relating to A free Gramer School in the 
North part of Boston. 

It Cannot hut be Thot Strange that One Grammer School Should be 
Thot sufficient for a Town of above Two Thousand Families when the 
Law of the Province Imposes one upon Every Town that hath above One 

Education is as great and Good an Intrest as can be prossecuted by 
any People, and the more Liberally it is Prosecuted the more is done for 
the honour and Welfare of such a People. 

The Gramer School in this Town is as full of Scholers as can well 
Consist with a faithful I Discharge of Duty to them. 

The North Part of this town bares no Inconsiderable Share in the Pub- 
lick Expences and we hope are not altogether unworthy of the Publick 

It is known that when an hundred and odd Children have been found 
in the Publick Gramer School not one of that Hundred nor any but the 
few odd Ones have been Sent from that Part of the Town. 

The Distance hath hind red many Parents from Exposing their Tender 
Children to the Travells of the Winter and the Sumer thither. 

Some that Can't be satisfy'd without bestowing a good Cultivation on 
their Children are at the Charge of a Private Gramer School in the Neigh- 
bourhood. Others do Send their Children abroad in the Country. 

When the People of that Neighbourhood were PrevaiPd withall to' Come 
into the Vote for Additional Incouragements unto the Present Gramer 
School, they were made to hope that they should ere long be favoured 
with another Nearer unto themselves. 

If the Town will Smile on this Just and fair Proposal, it is Probable 
..their will Appear some perticuler Gentlemen whose desire to Serve the 
Publick will Exert it self on this Occasion and make liberal advances 
towards the Providing of such Necessary Preliminaries. 


Proprietors of Sudbury, Mass. 


These Considerations are humbly offerM to the Inhabitants of Boston 
to be Laid in the Ballances of Equity in the Next General Meeting. 

[No Signatures.] 

On the Boston Records, vol. ii. p. 336, we find the following votes : — 
44 Anno 1711.12. March 11th. Voted, Thanks to Cap*. Thorn* Hutchinson 
for as much as he hath offered at his own charge to build a School House 
at the North end of y e Town. 

Voted, That there be a Free Grammar School at the North end of 
this Town. 

Voted, That a Committee be Chosen to Enquire after a Peice of land 
at the North Sutable to Sett a School House on, and to prepare for and 
Oversee the building tlierof. 

Voted, The Selectmen be desired to consider of a proper person for a 
school master there, and to Treat about Terms. 

Voted, That Cap 1 Thomas Hutchinson, Coll Adam Winthrop, Mr. John 
•Ruck, Cap 1 . Edward Martyn and M r Samuell Greenwood or any three 
of them be the said Committee relating to the aforesaid School House.'" 

This second Grammar School house was located on N. Bennet St., near 
the lot now occupied by the " Eliot School ," on land bought of Mrs. 
Susanna Love. Capt. Tho's Hutchinson, father of Gov. Hutchinson, it 
appears, built the house at his own expense. Recompence Wadsworth 
was the first teacher. In 1792, a new house was built on the site of the 
present, and the lower room was appointed to the writing and the upper 
to the reading school. It was demolished in 1837, and a new building 
erected the next year, at a cost of $24,072. This building was taken 
down the present year (1859), and a new house is in process of erection. 

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Messrs, Editors : — If you will please crowd this catalogue into some corner of the 
Register you will save me, and perhaps other genealogists, the trouble of answering 
many inquiries. Yours, &c, Abner Morse, Sharon, Mass. 

The Names of the original Proprietors of Sudbury to whom lands were 
assigned in 1640 : — 

Mr. Wm. Pellam 
Mr. Edmond Browne 
Mr. Peter Noyes 
Walter Hainse 
John Haynse 
John Blanford 
Hugh Griffin 
Edmund Goodnowe 
Robert Beale 
Tho Noyse 
Tho Browne 
Wm. Browne 
Robert Darvill 
Tho Goodnow 
John Freeman 
Solomon Johnson 
Wm. Ward 
Richard Gleason 

John Howe 
George Manning 
Anthony Whyte 
Andrew Belcher 
John Goodnowe 
John Reddocke 
Tho Whyte 

John Woods 
John Bent 
Wid. Ryce 
Tho Haynse 
Tho Joslyn 
John Potter 
John Mavnard 

John Parmenter sen Hugh Griffyn [?] 

Edmond Rice Joseph Taynter 

Wid. Bassunithwyte James Buckmaster 

Henry Curtics John Freeman [?] 

John Stone Goodman Witherill 

John Parmenter jun Richard Whyte 

John Rutter 
Richard Newton 
Wm. Parker 
Henry Locker 
Robert Hunt 

In 1643 occurs the name of John Moore, the father of Joseph Moore, 
Jacob Moore, and probably of Benoni Moore and Richard Moore. 

John Knight 
Nathaniel Treadaway 
John Stone [?] 
Henry Prentise 

262 Catalogue of Original Documents, [July, 


[By William "Willis, of Portland, Me.] 

There was privately printed in New York, in the autumn of 1858, a work in royal 
octavo form, under the above title, containing 137 pages ; it is beautifully printed on 
fine white paper, with a wide margin, easy and pleasant to read, and containing much 
useful and rare information. One hundred and eight pages are devoted to the specific 
object of the work, and give in some instances full copies, but generally only the titles 
of the documents, with a brief description of their contents. These are drawn from 
different offices in London connected with the Colonial affairs of this continent, such as 
the Plantation office, and the offices of the Board of Trade and the Privy Council. 
The remaining 29 pages are occupied by the defence of Sir Ferdinando Gorges against 
the charge of having betrayed the Earl of Essex, on his trial for High Treason in 1601. 

These documents have remained in their places of deposit undisturbed until within a 
few years, when an unusual attention has been given to the study of the history and 
antiquities of our country. Historical Societies have been multiplied, and students have 
been exploring the remote sources of the beginning and progress of colonization upon 
this continent. London, Paris, and the Hague have been the chief and most successful 
seats of the indefatigable perseverance of American explorers. The Historical Socie- 
ties of Georgia, New York, and Massachusetts, and the diligent and faithful students 
Brodhead, Savage, Sparks, Bancroft, Rich, Stevens, Somerby, Folsom, Palfrey, have 
borne off rich spoils from these dark and dusty repositories of antiquarian treasure. 

For many years the British government guarded with great jealousy those valuable 
deposits, and it was with difficulty that an American was permitted to examine, and 
never to take copies from them. This reserve has been entirely abandoned. On the 
recent visit of Dr. Sparks, the learned editor of Washington's and Franklin's works, 
the heads of the several departments in London "expressed their entire willingness that 
he should examine any papers of dates prior to 178:5, in which Americans had any con- 
cern." Henry Stevens, a native of Vermont, who resided ome time in London, known 
for his familiarity with the treasures in the British Nfuseum, and his extensive biblio- 
graphical knowledge and publications, has recently stated that arrangements have been 
made by the English government to remove from the several offices, above mentioned, 
such documents as are properly materials for history to one central office, for the greater 
ease and convenience of examination. And to show that the government were disposed 
to remove all restrictions, he further stated, that they are now preparing and publishing 
"Calendars for every leading period of history, referring to all the papers contained in 
the several volumes." Nothing more liberal can be asked or expected. 

Mr. Folsom, in his preface to the work under consideration says, "In 1856, before 
quitting Europe, after an absence from home of more than six years, I gave a commis- 
sion to Mr. II. G. Somerby to look up and make a list of the papers in the English 
Archives relating to the Old Province of Maine. The following pages contain the 
results of his labors." Mr. Folsom expresses himself somewhat disappointed by the 
paucity of the earlier documents, especially such as relate to the "brave old knight, Sir 
Ferdinando Gorges, the founder of the Colonial Settlement of Maine." But, he adds, 
"the list shows what can be found in the Archives of the State Paper Office and the 
British Museum of the desired character, and leaves no room to expect any more." 

What is here preserved relates principally to that portion of the state which lies. west 
of the Kennebec river, and was embraced in the grant to Gorges. The portion of the 
state which lies east of that river was long in the occupation of the French, and in con- 
troversy between them and the English for occupation and jurisdiction, concerning 
which materials and documents of very great value and interest must be quietly repos- 
ing in appropriate depositories in Paris. 

If we cannot have all we desire, it is satisfactory to know what materials of our his- 
tory do really exist: and we are therefore greatly indebted to Mr. Folsom for this valu- 
able contribution to the stock of historical knowledge of this, his native state, and adds 
a new claim to the gratitude of her people. Mr. Folsom was a graduate of Harvard, 
in the class of 1822 ; and while pursuing his legal studies in the office of Judge Shepley, 
at Saco, his historical tastes began to develop themselves. In 1830 he published the 
history of Saco and Biddeford, containing not only the annals of those flourishing 
towns, but a clear analysis of the various governments which ruled the Province in its 
early days. This first essay of Mr. Folsom, undertaken at a time when extended town 
histories were quite rare, was very successful. It was the first work of the kind, of any 
considerable magnitude, which had been published in Maine: it was well done, and 
rescued many valuable facts, which, but for his labors, would have been past recovering. 
If Mr. Folsom should publish a new edition, as we hope he will, and which is much 

1859.] Catalogue of Original Documents. 263 

desired, his experience will suggest a slight change in the arrangement of his matter ; 
and, more especially, a carefully prepared index, without which a volume, containing 
such a variety and multiplicity .of facts, loses much of its value. Since that time, Mr. 
Folsom has been engaged in literary and historical labors, published a number of valu- 
able works, and had a large experience. The second volume of our collections con- 
tains an anniversary discourse by him, relating principally to the early history of 
Maine, and a copy of Gorgcs's " Brief Narration of the Original undertakings for the 
Advancement of Plantations in America," edited by him. 

A few remarks on the work under consideration will be all that time will permit me 
to add on the present occasion. 

The first part of the book, filling 16 pages, contains documents and abstracts from 
the State Paper Office, entitled "Collection, America and West Indies, (New England) 
File marked 459." This is mostly occupied by letters and memoranda from Sir F. 
Gorges, relating in part to the early movements in colonization, generally, and t! *, 
views of the first undertakers : but more especially to the grants made to himself «*nd 
Capt. John Mason, of Maine and New Hampshire. His first letter is ,'ddr<\,.sed to 
"Mr. Challenge, " dated March 13, 1606, and relates to a voyage to be soon undertaken. 
The papers in this part come down to 1688, and embrace statements of Gorges's and 
Mason's titles, a petition of the inhabitants of Maine to Charles II, and a statement 
that Col. Cartwright, one of the Commissioners that visited New York and New Eng- 
land in 1664, to regulate affairs there, had sent home a map of New England, and a 
book of 1 1 1 pages folio, addressed to the king, containing their report and observations 
on the Colonies. 

Part second occupies 18 pages, taken from the "New England Entry Book," con- 
taining Privy Council minutes, and is devoted, mainly, to the bitter and protracted 
controversy between the heirs of Gorges and Mason on the one side, and Massachusetts 
on the other, for the title and jurisdiction of the territory as far east as the Kennebec river. 
The judges, the privy council, the commissioners, and the king, all, repeatedly and uni- 
formly, pronounced and decided peremptorily for the heirs and against Massachusetts. 
But that persevering Colony managed their cause with so much shrewdness and ability 
that they succeeded in maintaining their foothold in Maine, until, by the charter of 1691, 
they succeeded in having the whole of Maine and even Nova Scotia placed under their 
jurisdiction. Much of the pertinacity and harshness of this controversy grew out of 
the religious differences which existed. Gorges's Province was settled by firm, unwa- 
vering Episcopalians, as Jordan, Jocclyn, and Godfrey, whose presence the Puritan 
Commonwealth would not endure. And not being able to convert, she was determined 
to subdue or exterminate them. 

The third part is entitled "New England Papers, P. T. vol. I," and fills 70 pages of 
the book. It is mainly occupied in the matters of Gorges and Mason, the proceedings 
of the Commissioners sent over by Charles II, to procure information in regard to the 
merits of this controversy, and other subjects relating to the Colonies : their reports and 
descriptions of the country. Among these documents v are mingled in strange confusion, 
without any chronological order or connection, papers relating to various other subjects. 
The first papers are from the journal of the Council of Trade, 1622, showing the con- 
tributions of the Adventurers towards building a ship for the New England trade. 
Then the surrender of the great charter of the Plymouth Co. to the king, and new 
grants to Mason and Gorges : their titles and possession are set forth, the assumption 
of Massachusetts, evidence, petitions and counter petitions scattered over many pages. 
Letters of Edward Godfrey, one of the earliest settlers, a man of education, and who 
sometime discharged the office of governor with firmness and integrity, are of an inter- 
esting character. In one, dated 1660, he remarks, "I ever told you that Passatowaie 
river, and the Province of Mayne, is of more concernment to his majesty for trade, 
present and future, with discovery of the country, than all New England beside." 
Again, in 1663, in a letter to Mr. Povey, one of the council for Plantations, he says, 
" I have formerly wrote you a brief description of the Province of Mayne, how it 
standeth at present : know that Columbus offered the discovery of the West Indies to 
Henry 7th. You are at present offered a tract of land already discovered, and in part 
populated with English, which forfeiture and discovery is of more concernment than 
any part of America as yet settled on by the English." He then speaks of the govern- 
ment having been conducted under his majesty's laws until 1652, but since is made "a 
receptacle of by Hugh Peter, Vane, Venner, Baker, Potter, who fly thither (con sacer 
in sacro) for shelter, and keep us loyal subjects out of possession, after 30 years pos- 
session." After repeated decisions of the home authorities against the assumption of 
Massachusetts, that colony began to think of some other plan more effectual than 
force. The first movement toward a purchase of the Province is in a letter written with 
consummate diplomatic skill and ingenuity, by Daniel Gookin to Ferdinando Gorges, 
Esq., dated June 23, 1663. This resulted about twelve years after (1677) in a convey- 

264 Catalogue of Original Documents. [July? 

ance of the Province to a merchant in Boston, Usher, for £1,250, for the benefit of 
Massachusetts. I cannot but feel persuaded that a chief cause of this protracted con- 
troversy is to be found, as before stated, in the irreconcilable quarrel between Episco- 
pacy and Congregationalism ; and the commissioners partly unfold this. Massachu- 
setts in her defence said, that she assumed jurisdiction over the people at their request, 
as well as by right. The commissioners say, "It is true that difference of opinion 
made a division among- them, and a few, who are for Congregational churches, did pe- 
tition for their assistance; by which occasion, partly by force, partly by composition, 
they have engrossed the whole." The commissioners also say, "If his majesty will 
assure the people they shall not be tied to religious ceremony, the generality of them will 
be contented;" and again, they are desired to "acquaint his majesty with their wishes, to 
have their children baptized and themselves admitted to the Lord's Supper." This 
last complaint will be better understood, when it is remembered that Mr. Jordan, a 
worthy Episcopal minister in Falmouth, and a man of large estate, was forbidden by 
Massachusetts to baptize children, and was actually committed to prison for disobeving 
the mandate. 

Other portions of this part of the book are taken up by documents relating to 
Wharton's Pigepscot title, embracing Brunswick and adjacent tracts; and the contro- 
versy between the Plymouth and Pigepscot proprietors, which was finally carried to 
England, for decision by appeal. It was heard before a committee of the Privy Coun- 
cil in 1 7.")."). 

Many of the documents and papers in the volume have been printed; and many, 
especially those relating to the Gorges title, are to be found in the State department of 
Massachusetts, and also in the clerk's office of the York County Courts. Put this 
summary of them is exceedingly convenient, and brings to our notice many that we 
have never Been before. 

The next division of the book contains documents from the " New England Entry 
Book, No. 33," and occupies but three pages. It contains the answer of R Sawyer, 
the Attorney General of the Crown in 1684, to tin- question, whether tin 1 corporation of 
Massachusetts, having purchased Maine, and afterwards been dissolved by judgment on 
■ facias, "the Province of Maine do not like wise devolve to his majesty ! lie 
decided that "the trust of the government of the Province of Maine which was in the 
co.poration devolved to the King." 

The next paper confirms Wharton's title to the Pigepscot patent. The closing arti- 
cle of this portion is a report of Col. Romer, the royal engineer m America in 1700, 
touching the Kennebec river. This finishes what relates to Maine. The la-t 29 pa 
contain Gorges's defence, written by himself in prison, where he was confined for com- 
plication in the insurrection of Essex, in June, Idol : this is preceded by an interesting 
letter from John Bruce to John Payne Collier, Esq., Dec. IS, ls4'J, explaining the cir- 
cumstances of finding the defence in the State Paper Office, and some particulars of 
the case. 

Although this has no connection with our history, I think it may be interesting to 
give a brief account of this most important pas-age in the life of the first and principal 
of Maine's benefactors. 

Gorges was accused of treachery to the Earl, first, as having left him in the city as 
he was forcing his way with an armed band to the Queen : second, with having given 
voluntary testimony against the Earl on his trial, to save his own life. It is to these 
points that the defence, which a competent judge pronounces spirited and well written, 
is mainly directed. Gorges was governor of Plymouth, and was a kinsman and friend 
of Sir Walter Raleigh. He says, in his testimony, that the Earl of Essex wrote a let- 
ter to him in January, complaining of his misfortune, and desiring his company. 
Essex was then a prisoner in his own house, by order of Elizabeth, for an insult to her 
in the Council Chamber. Gorges says, that he came to town on Saturday, before the 
Earl's insurrection, and late the same night visited the Earl. His deposition being read 
at the trial, Essex desired to question him, "face to face," and he was called in. Essex 
addressing him, said, "Good Sir Ferdinando, I pray thee speak openly whatsoever thou 
dost remember : with all my heart, I desire thee to speak freely : I see thou desirest to 
live, and if it please her majesty to be merciful unto you, I shall be glad and will pray 
for it ; yet I pray thee to speak like a man." It is evident that Essex felt the pressure 
of Gorges's testimony, and endeavored to disconcert him. He said again, "My lords, 
look upon Sir Ferdinando, and see if he looks like himself. All the world shall see, by 
my death and his life, whose testimony is the truest." 

Gorges, like many other nobles and gentlemen, loved the young and gallant Essex, 
and believed that he was oppressed by the Queen : they wished him restored to favor, 
but had no idea of going to the extent of rebellion to accomplish it. The following 
extract from Gorges's defence, explains his position. "In this my discourse, it is to be 
noted, that whatsoever I did confess or could have done was but of matter acted and 


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consulted of from the lastc of January 1601, to the 9th of February, 1601 : and that I 
had not heard from Lord Essex in two years before, till the letter he sente for mee to 
come upp. Also that he never unfoulded to mee any thinge but his purpose and a 
desyre to be free and secure from the malice and power of his private enemies. That 
he had matter sufficiente to penne them from the person and presence of her Majesty 
whensoever he should have the meanes to have a free and safe accesse to her himsclfe. 
And I perceiving that he intended to make his way by force wherewith to resiste any 
opposition of those he called his enemies, before I would joyne with him, I expected 
and conditioned to assure me upon his soul and salvacon hee intended no prejudice to 
the person of her majesty. Secondly, not to take by force or unjust meanes the life of 
any, but to proceede in the course of his complavnte to the Queene and prosecution of 
his enemyes accordinge to the lawe and justice of the lande." 

This trial was one of the most imposing that had occurred in England. Essex had 
been a great favorite with the Queen, and was exceedingly popular with the people, for 
his gallant actions, and his high and noble qualities. The court consisted of twenty-five 
peers. The Lord Treasurer, Buckhurst, was Lord High Steward. The judges of the 
several courts were present, among whom was that generous friend and patron of 
American colonization, Sir John Popham, Lord Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench, 
then in his 71st year. Sir Edward Coke, the Attorney General, Yelverton and Bacon, 
as Queen's counsel, took part in the trial. Among the triers and witnesses were many 
early friends of America, as Lord De La Ware, Shrewsbury, Raleigh, and Gorges, and 
the noble Earl of Southampton was with Essex at the bar. 

The trial was desultory and conversational, and many passages were personal. 
Cecil, Secretary of State, was charged by Essex as being hostile to him, when Cecil 
came forward and vindicated himself, and summoned a witness to prove his justification. 
These irregularities called out Bacon, who rose and said, " My Lords, I have never yet 
seen in any case, such favor shown to any prisoner: so many digressions, such deliver- 
ing of evidence by fractions and so silly a defence of such great and notorious treasons." 

The result of the trial, as is well known, was the condemnation of Essex and 
Southampton. Essex was shortly after beheaded: but Southampton was imprisoned in 
the tower until the accession of James, two years after, when he was liberated, and his 
honors and estates restored to him. Gorges was also released, and restored to his gov- 
ernorship of Plymouth. 

Camden, the illustrious antiquary, speaking of Essex, his trial and death, says, 
" Such was the fatal, but withal pious and christian end of Robert Devercux, Earl of 
Essex, in the 34th year of his age. He was a most accomplished person, and had all 
those good qualities in perfection that become a noble man." 

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Partridge. — The following inscription is on a monument in the burial ground of 
the First Parish of Newbury : — 

" Here lyes interred the body of the very Honorable William Partridge Esqr. He 
sustained the Government of New Hampshire for several years & departed this life the 
3 d of January 1728-9 in the 75 th year of his age." 

In 1715, he was admitted a member of the Pirst Church in Newbury. From his 
Bible I copv the following : — 

"Richard Partridge was born the 3 d day of Dec. 1681 at £ past 3 P. M. 

"Ncheniiah Partridge born March 9, 1683, | past 4 P. M. 

"Mary born October 19, 4 P. M. 

"William born May 1, 1687. 

"Elizabeth born Sept. 23, 1692." [Communicated by Joshua Coffin of Newbury. 

Kneeland. — "Boston December 18. Last Thursday noon [Dec. 14] departed this 
Life, nearly compleated the 73d Year of his Age, Mr. Samuel Kneeland, formerly an 
eminent Printer in this Town : He sustained the Character of an upright Man and a 
good Christian, and as such was universally esteemed. He was employed as a Printer 
to the Governor and Council as well as the House of Representatives of this Province 
for a great number of Years : till thro' Age and bodily Infirmities he was obliged to 
leave off business. His funeral was very respectfully attended on Saturday Evening." 
[Massachusetts Gazette, Dec. 18, 1769. 

Manufacture of Umbrellas in N. E. — An advertisement in the Boston Post 
Boy, June 1, 1767, is as follows : — 

" All sorts of Umbrilloes made in the neatest manner, and Sold at the Golden Cock, 
Marlboro' Street, Boston." 

266 Book Notices. [July, 


Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1855-1858. Select- 
ed jrom the Records. Boston : Printed for the Society. 1859. 8vo. 
pp. 412. 

The book before us is issued in a very handsome style, and in many respects does 
great credit to the institution that has given it to the public. Several points present 
themselves to us, on which it would give us pleasure to dwell ; but we must dolor them 
till another number, as there is one subject here brought forward that demands an im- 
mediate notice. We refer to the interference of the Massachusetts Historical Society 
with the application of our own Society for change of name. 

It is known to many of our readers that, in 1 85S, the New England Historic-Genea- 
logical Society petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts to have its name changed 
to the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. The change asked for was 
the addition of the syllable al to Historic, and the insertion of the conjunction and. 
This petition was opposed by the Massachusetts Historical Society, on the ground that 
granting it would be an infringement of their corporate rights. 

It is a disagreeable task to perpetuate dissensions; but the responsibility for this rests 
with the Massachusetts Historical Society, not with us. In printing their "Proceedings," 
they have gone out of their way to impugn the motive- of our Society, and to dissemi- 
nate groundless surmises and erroneous statements. We Bhall not follow them through 
their labyrinths of error, but shall merely give a plain statement of facts, for which we 
have abundant proof. The members of that Society can have no objection, it is pre- 
sumed, to being held responsible for documents that bear their stamp of approval, and 
which appear among their proceedings. 

The origin and early history of our own Society have been well set forth by Mr. 
Drake, one of its founders, in the leading article in the Register for January, 1855, to 
which we would refer our readers for details which we do not give. 

Our Society was organized by its present nam in December, 1844- ; and never, as rep- 
resented in the volume before us, bore the name of the "New England Genealogical 
Society." It was fairly decided by the originators that the Society should lie devoted 
to the investigation of both history and genealogy, though some of them seem to have 
wished for a purely genealogical Society. The present name was intended, as it now 
is, to express this union of history and genealogy. 

In January, 1845, a few weeks after its organization, the Society petitioned for an 
act of incorporation. Our petition was referred to a committee, the chairman of which 
was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, through whose influence an 
adverse report was made. This was the first intimation that our members had that the 
Massachusetts Historical Society, or any of its members, were opposed to the formation 
of the new Society, or considered it in any way as a rival. This adverse report, how- 
ever, was not fatal, for the subject was referred to a new committee, by whom a bill 
incorporating the Society was reported, which passed both houses, and was signed by 
the governor, March, 1845. The idea is advanced by our opponents, thai had we 
asked in 1845, for the name lately petitioned for, we should have been unsuccessful. 
There appears to be no ground for such a supposition. On the contrary, from all the 
sources of information at our command, we have no doubt we could as readily have 
obtained that name as any other. 

The Society early projected the publication of a periodical, and in December, 1845, 
on the anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims, issued a prospectus for "The Gen- 
ealogical and Antiquarian Register." The next year, the Society having decided to 
issue the work, arrangements were made with Rev. William Cogswell, D. D., of Gil- 
manton, N. H., as editor, and Samuel G. Drake, Esq., of this city, as publisher. Through 
the influence, we believe, of Rev. Dr. Cogswell, who, before this arrangement, had 
taken no active part in the affairs of the Society, the title of the w r ork was modified, so 
as to read, " The New England Historical and Genealogical Register," under which 
name the first number, for January, 1847, appeared, and under which the work has con- 
tinued to appear for upwards of twelve years. We are accused of taking this name 
for our periodical "in the very face of the Act of Incorporation"; but it would be dif- 
ficult to find any clause in that act restricting us in the choice of titles for our publica- 

A dissatisfaction with the name, "New England Historic Genealogical Society, " 
soon grew up in the Society, chiefly among the new members ; though Mr. Drake in- 
forms us that it existed, even at the time of the adoption of the name, in the minds of 

1859.] Book Notices. 267 

some of the original members. The chief of various objections that we have heard made 
to it is, that it is a combination likely to mislead the public mind as to the design of 
the Society : the objectors contending that only the genealogy of historic personages 
would generally be considered as our province, to the exclusion of history and the 
genealogy of the people, both of which were intended to be included. It was not, how- 
ever, till the summer of 1855, that a proposition for a change of name was started, and 
the name then selected, instead of approaching nearer that of the Massachusetts Histor- 
ical Society, was a move in the opposite direction. It was proposed to call it the 
" American Archaeological Society/' but this name was subsequently changed to the 
" New England Archaeological Society/' and was submitted to a vote of the Society 
in April, 1856. It was opposed by nearly all the old members, and, on its being put 
to vote, only four names were recorded in its favor. The chief argument used was, 
that the Society had been known by its present name for eleven years, and had gained 
a reputation under it that it was desirable not to lose. One of the persons who objected 
to the old name, afterwards brought forward that of the " New England Historical and 
Genealogical Society" as a compromise. This name found favor with the Society. 
It did not differ from the old name enough to prevent the Society from being readily 
recognized as the same ; while it clearly and unequivocally expressed the objects of 
the association. In fact, this name had early been applied to the Society, by persons 
residing at a distance from Boston, and even by some in our immediate neighborhood, 
who, knowing the Society chiefly through its periodical, were led to confound names 
which resembled each other so much. The proposed name was approved by the Board 
of Directors, and by them brought before the Society in December, 1856. At the 
annual meeting, January, 1857, which was very fully attended, the name was approved 
without a dissenting voice or vote ; and a committee was appointed to petition the 
Legislature on the subject. The charge that our Society has attempted to do in an 
underhand way what it did not dare to do openly, has not a particle of evidence to 
sustain it. The movements which it has been attempted to torture into support of 
such a theory, did not originate with one person, as supposed, but with several persons; 
and, as far as we can learn, all of these persons joined the Society long after the imagi- 
nary plot is supposed to have been formed. As an evidence that the person who orig- 
inated the last movement had no desire to see this Society confounded with the Massa- 
chusetts Historical Society, we will state that when the name, "New England Archaeo- 
logical Society," (which would, if adopted, have completely distinguished the two 
corporations,) was before the Society, he voted for it. 

Our opponents have signally failed in showing that this Society had covert designs. 
Perhaps some guesses at their hidden motives, which we have heard from more than one, 
even among those who are not members of our Society, may be without foundation. We 
have heard it suggested that the disingenuousness of their remonstrance would seem to 
indicate that the real opposition to us was not on account of the word "historical" which 
we asked for, but of the words "New England" which we already had. It has also 
been suggested, that our opponents show signs of fear that the popular character of our 
Society, — so perfectly in accordance with American institutions, and precisely similar 
to that of the most flourishing historical society in this country, — and the liberal man- 
ner in which we allow our collections to be used, w r ould give us an advantage over 

In the volume we are noticing, after reference to the unanswerable pamphlet of our 
committee last year, it is stated that this "little book" is reported to have "been put 
into the hands of every member of the Legislature, — a sort of log-rolling emissary," &c. 
Such contempt and horror of underhand dealings are here expressed that one would 
hardly imagine that this was only an answer to a document laid early one morning on 
the desk of every member of the Senate — the very remonstrance reprinted in the vol- 
ume before us. If it be fair and honest to issue a carefully-worded document, filled 
with statements which, at least, are open to a reply, we cannot see why a straight-for- 
ward ansAver to it, .publicly sent forth, should deserve the epithets here used. 

The claim which the Massachusetts Historical Society lay to being " The Historical 
Society " is, perhaps, deserving of a passing notice. The " original draught " of their 
Society differed in two points from their act of incorporation. In the former, the num- 
ber of members was limited to thirty, and the association was called " The Historical 
Society." The Legislature added the word " Massachusetts," to their name, and (as 
a protest, it may be, against cliques and exclusn-eness) raised the number to sixty. 
The oldest member of their Society has always understood that the number was raised 
"without, if not contrary to, the wishes of the original associates." Perhaps the word 
" Massachusetts " was added in the same way. But whether it was done with or without 
the consent of the associates, it is evident that the Legislature did not intend to incor- 
porate " Jlie Historical Society." And yet this name has been assumed ; and the 
successors of those associates now modestly ask the General Court to confirm it to 

268 Book Notices. [July* 

them. Wc could with justice echo the appeal which they so unreasonably make, when 
referring to our use of the word "historical" in the name of the Register : " Is it pos- 
sible that the Legislature of Massachusetts will sanction a name thus assumed under 
such circumstances, not only without, but in defiance of their authority?" 

It will be apparent to our readers that the name we have chosen to apply for was 
adopted without any reference to the Massachusetts Historical Society. Had that 
society been the only one that bore the word "historical" as a portion of its name, we 
should have had no desire to have borne it as a portion of ours; but a great and honor- 
able brotherhood of associations, in other parts of the country, had chosen it as their 
distinctive title. The information, therefore, that one body of men claimed a monopoly 
in so common a word, was received by us with astonishment. As we recognized no 
such monopoly, the threat that our petition would be opposed did not deter us from, 
prosecuting it. We knew that we had always endeavored to keep our Society distinct 
in the public mind from theirs, and that the name we had chosen was thoroughly dis- 
tinctive ; for there were thousands of corporations whose names resembled each other 
more than ours would theirs. We would not, therefore, be voluntarily dictated to in a 
matter that concerned ourselves only. Our position is, that the fact of there being a 
Massachusetts Historical Society is no bar to there being another Historical Society in 
this city, with a name that is sufficiently distinctive, — a New England, a Suffolk, a Bos- 
ton, a Methodist, or a Congregational Historical Society, lor instance. We care not how 
many associations there are for the investigation of historical subjects, nor what names 
they choose to call themselves by, provided they have a distinguishing adjective. It 
would seem that the Legislature that incorporated the Massachusetts Historical Society, 
held opinions similar to ours \ and foreseeing the claim that would be set up, if they 
should incorporate it as "The Historical Society," provided what appeared to them a 
bar to such monopoly. We find, too, that common law, as well as common sense, is 
on our side : for both teach that property cannot be acquired in any word "known to 
the language and in common use to designate thing- or the qualities of things.' 1 

The advantage to ourselves of a change of name is slight ; and though the injury to 
our opponents is purely imaginary, our Society may not deem it advisable to make 
another application to the General Court. The question of the right to monopolize the 
Word "historical " is, however, HOW fairly before the public; and, whatever our own 
course may be, we ri.-k little in predicting that our opponents cannot hold the position 
they have taken, and that they will he overcome by the first collection of individuals 
who care enough about the matter to persi Should our Society decide to pursue 

the subject farther, there can be no doubt that, sustained as we are by justice and an 
enlightened public opinion, we must finally prevail. D. 

An uiddress delivered at Topsfield in Massachusetts, August 28, 1850 : 
The Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Incorporation oj the Town. 
By Nehemiah Cleaveland. New York : Pudoey and Russell, print- 
ers. 1851. 8vo. pp. 74, and Appendix, pp. 39. 

We believe that no notice of this handsome volume has yet appeared in our pages. 
The oration is well written and contains many of those local traditions and anecdotes, 
which give us the best idea of the past condition of society. The book is embellished 
with portraits of Gov. Endecott, Gov. Bradstreet, Mrs. Alethea Huntington, and Dr. 
Nehemiah Cleaveland. The appendix contains valuable information respecting the 
families of Huntington, Cleaveland, Porter, Smith, (whence came the noted Mormon 
prophet) Towne, Cummings, and Gould. Of the latter, we learn that the earliest 
recorded name among the Topsfield settlers is that of Zaccheus Gould. He is said to 
have come from Great Messingham, co. Lincoln, about 16.38. He owned nearly three 
thousand acres of land in Topsfield and Boxford, which descended to his only son, 
Capt. John Gould, whose influence was exerted against the usurpations of Andros, in a 
manner which brought severe punishment. By a son, Zaccheus, he had a grandson, 
John Gould, who represented the town at the Provincial Congress at Watertown, where 
he died of small pox. His son, Capt. Benjamin Gould, was at the battle of Lexington, 
and continued throughout the war in the American army. He married Grizel Apthorp, 
daughter of Gershom Flagg, of Boston, and had several children, of whom we would 
mention Miss Hannah F. Gould, the well-known poetess, and Benjamin Apthorp Gould, 
formerly master of the Boston Latin School, and for many years past a prominent and 
highly-esteemed merchant of Boston. His son, Benjamin Apthorp Gould, jr., has 
reached a high position by his scientific attainments, and has well maintained the honor 
of his name. 


Book Notices. 269 

The Genealogy of the Makepeace Families in the United States : From 
1637 to 1857. By William Makepeace, Member of the N. E. Hist. 
Gen. Society. Boston : Printed by David Clapp. 1858. 12mo. pp. 107. 

The author informs us that he has sought chiefly to form a continuous, unbroken line 
from himself to Thomas Makepeace, of Boston, 1G37, and has not traced out fully the 
various branches. We find, therefore, no regular form of arrangement, and need not 
institute a comparison between this book and larger volumes. The author has collected 
much information in regard to the personal history of his ancestors, and of many others 
of the name. A coat of arms is also given, but as none of the American families are 
known to be entitled to use it, we fear it will lead some into error. 

The book is an agreeable addition to the library of the genealogist. 

A Sermon preached at the Funeral of Martin Rockwell of Coleorook. 
December 11, 1851. By Rev. Joseph Eldridge. With an Appendix 
and a Genealogy of the Rockwell Family. Printed for the Descendants 
of Samuel Rockwell of Colebrook, New Haven : Printed by B. L. 
Hamlen. 1852. 

We have noted this in our previous list, but we believe the title is now printed for the 
first time in our pages. The sketch of the Rockwells is slight, but it will serve a use- 
ful purpose, as the framework for any genealogist hereafter, who may desire to investi- 
gate the history of this family. 

Memorials of the Families of Mr. James Thompson and of Dea. Augustus 
Thompson of Goshen, Conn. Hartford : Case, Tiffany & Co. 1854. 
8vo. pp. 106. 

Our sister State has furnished us with another addition to our genealogical library, 
well executed, as her productions usually are. As this book was privately issued, we 
shall only mention the interesting biographies which comprise the bulk of the volume, 
and state that an appendix gives much valuable information in regard to the families of 
Thompson and Hopkins. The author is Rev. Edward W. Hooker. 

The First Records of Anglo-American Colonization. By J. Wingate 
Thornton. Boston : Gould & Lincoln. 1859. 8vo. pp. 12. 

This tract relates to a subject which must interest every historical student in our 
country. The records, whose history is here traced, have been providentially preserved 
to our own times — once narrowly escaping the flames, when a portion of the library in 
which they were deposited was consumed. But, though the existence of these records 
has before been brought to the notice of American scholars by Mr. Thornton; and 
though their value will be readily recognized — replete as they arc with the trans- Atlantic 
and cis-Atlantic history of the colonization of this country, by the first English compa- 
nies, incorporated for that purpose (1606-1624), — no effort has yet been made, that we 
are aware of, to place them beyond the reach of accident, and make them available to 
the public. 

The records are those of the Virginia Company, and contain its "proceedings for a 
little above five years, viz., from April 28, 1619, to June 7, 1624, including the whole 
time of Sir Edwin Sandys's and the Earl of Southampton's administration ; " and "as 
they often recur back to former times and transactions," they "give us a clear idea and 
account of the chief matters and proceedings of the Company, almost from its first institution 
and foundation." 

They are not the originals, — which are now probably not in existence, — but legally 
authenticated copies, made at the expense of Nicholas Ferrar, the secretary of the 
company, who was fearful that the Spanish ambassador, Gondomar, would ruin the 
company, and that its records, and other original documents, would be seized; as was 
actually done. Mr. Ferrar placed these copies — to be kept as the justification of him- 
self and his companions — in the hands of the governor of the company, the Earl of 
Southampton ; and, though for a time they were out of the possession of that family, 
they appear to have been restored to it before the death of the last Earl, in 1667 ; for 
his executors sold them, soon after, to a Virginia gentleman (the father of Col. William 
Byrd), then in England, who brought them to this country. Though, in the last cen- 
tury, Stith used them somewhat in preparing his history of Virginia, since then they 

270 Book Notices. [July, 

have remained forgotten, if not virtually lost, and subject to vicissitudes like those 
which have proved fatal to so many historical manuscripts, till they are now again 
revealed to our knowledge as yet in existence. 

"We hope the subject of printing these invaluable materials in thp initiative period of 
our history as a people, may be speedily brought before our National Congress, in 
whose custody they now arc; and that Congress may decide at once to have them prop- 
erly edited and published. 

Ancient Dominions of Maine, embracing the earliest facts, the Recent 
Discoveries of the remains of Aboriginal towns, the voyages, settle- 
ments, Battle Scenes, and Incidents of Indian Warfare, and other 
Incidents of History, together villi the Religious Developments of So- 
ciety within the Ancient Sagadahoc. Sheepscol and Pemaquid Precincts 
and Dependencies. By RuFUS King Sewall, Author of Sketches of 
the Citv of St. Augustine. Bath : Clarke, Sawyer & Co. 1859. 8vo. 
pp. 366. 

We have been favored with advance sheets of Rev. Mr. Sewall's "Ancient Dominions 
of Maine," in which the author seems to have collected everything yet known relative 
to the early settlement and settlers of Maine. 

We do not pretend to criticise the work thoroughly ; but we find in it many interesting 
episodes, the evidences of careful research, and throughout a clear style and animated 
tone, which render the perusal very pleasant — a compliment seldom due to works of 
this nature. We congratulate our former province on tin taste and judgment evinced 
by her sons in investigating her history ; and feel confident that this history will long 
remain without a rival, as the standard authority on the points it embraces. 

An Address on the occasion of Opening the new Town Hall in Braintree, 
July '-29, 1858. By Charles Francis Adams. Boston : 1858. 8vo. 
pp. 86. 

The history of Braintree, from the time when John Smith located there his shadowy 
London, to the epoch when its history as a Puritan town commenced, and its after pro- 
gress as an integral part of our Commonwealth, are here well sketched by the vigorous 
pen of Mr. Adams. The orator, without attempting a history of petty, though locally 
interesting events, has drawn a picture of the past, which must ha\e inspired his hearers 
with a deep interest for the prosperity of that ancient town. 

No family, except the Quincvs, is more identified with Braintree ; and the orator, in 
accepting the invitation, paid a due tribute to long-continued association. 

A History and Description of New England, General and Local. By 
A. J. Coolidge and J. B. Mansfield. Illustrated, with numerous En- 
gravings. In two Volumes. Vol. I. Maine, New Hampshire and 
Vermont. Boston : Austin J. Coolidge. 1859. Royal 8vo. pp.1023. 

The present work has been for several years in preparation, at a great outlay of time 
and money. The first volume, now issued in a bulky octavo, of upwards of a thousand 
pages, profusely illustrated with engravings, more than fulfils our expectations in 
regard to the work. It is devoted to the three northern states in New England, leaving 
the three southern ones*for a subsequent volume. The paper, print, and illustrations 
are all of the best quality ; and the price is so low that only a very extensive sale will 
remunerate the publisher for his outlay. This we have no doubt the work will have ; 
for when its merits are known, it will be sought by all who wish to know the history, 
or to understand the real character of our people ; while every son of New England, 
who is worthy of the name, will consider it indispensable. 

The principal use of a work like this will be as a reference book, where the inquirer 
can find the leading events in the history of the several towns set forth in a compact 
form, and yet with more fulness and reliability than he can find them in the pages of 
the best gazetteer. Of many of these towns no separate history has yet been published; 
but even had there been unexceptionable ones of all, their expense and bulk would 
prevent the general reader from owning them. 

Though the details of New England life given in this volume are necessarily brief, 
the attentive reader will find scattered through its pages many a passage that will give 
him a deeper insight into the character, and a clearer idea of the circumstances and 
events which have formed our New England race. 


Book Notices. 271 

Lives of Isaac Heath and John Boivles, Elders of the Church, and Prin- 
cipal Founders of the Grammar School in Roxbury ; and of Rev. John 
Eliot, Jr., Preacher to the Indians and first Pastor of the Church in 
Newton. By J. Wingate Thornton. For Private Distribution. 1850. 
12mo. pp. 216. 

Though bearing the date 1850, it is but lately that Mr. Thornton has distributed this 
volume among his friends, — his original intention having been to make a larger work 
before issuing it. Here is found, besides much biographical and genealogical matter, 
the invaluable Church Record of the Apostle Eliot, as far as the year 1671. These 
records furnish a good basis for the personal history of the original settlers of Roxbury. 

We would commend particularly to the attention of the reader, the admirable re- 
marks on Puritanism, English and American, which are here found. 

Fifty copies only of the work were printed. 

Dedication of Lyceum Hall. Oration by Francis E. Hoppin, and Poem 
by Henry C. Whitaker, delivered upon the occasion of the opening of 
the New Rooms of the Franklin Lyceum, [Providence, R. I.,] Nov. 19, 
1858 ; with a Sketch of the other Dedicatory Exercises. Providence : 
1859. 8vo. pp. 53. 

This pamphlet has a double claim upon our notice ; it contains the history of a 
society which has already exerted a salutary influence upon the community in which it 
is located; and it records the erection of the first public statue in Rhode Island — that 
of the philosopher and statesman whose name the society bears. 

Mr. Hoppin, in his oration, after dwelling briefly upon the history of the association, 
urges upon the members the duty, which the name of Franklin suggests, of giving to 
their studies and pursuits a practical character and direction. 

Mr. Whitaker, in the poem, draws a humorous picture of the society's "day of 
small things," with graphic descriptions of its founders, followed by some keen touches 
at the times. 

Historical Collections of the Essex Institute. Vol. I., No. I. April, 
1859. Salem : Published for the Essex Institute by Henry Whipple 
& Son. Sm. 4to. pp. 36. 

This serial, which has just been commenced by the Essex Institute, furnishes new 
evidence of the activity and usefulness of that society. The first number contains a 
paper by our esteemed correspondent, Charles M. Endicott, Esq., on the Piracy of the 
Ship Friendship, of Salem; Abstracts, by Ira J. Patch, Esq., of the early Probate 
Records of Essex County ; Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages at Salem, copied 
by Mr. Patch ; and other gatherings, historical and genealogical, relative to Essex 

The Essex Institute has our best wishes for its success in the new enterprise in which 
it is engaged. 

A Letter from Rev. Thomas Hooker of Hartford, in answer to the com- 
plaints of Gov. Winthrop of Massachusetts against Connecticut. 
Hartford : 1859. 8vo. pp. 18. 

The pamphlet, whose title is here given, is from the first volume of the collections of 
the Connecticut Historical Society, now in press. Mr. Trumbull, who so ably edited the 
Records of the Connecticut Colony, has prefixed some introductory remarks, and added, 
explanatory notes, which show his usual research. The reader of Winthrop's Journal, 
if he wishes to understand the preliminary history of the confederation of the New 
England Colonies, should peruse this pamphlet in connection with that work. 

Conservatory Journal. Nos. I. to VI. 

We have received six numbers of a weekly paper bearing this title, which William 
E. Baker, Esq., of this city, has commenced, for the purpose of advocating the claims 
of the proposed "Massachusetts Conservatory of Arts, Science and Historical Relics," 
the plan of which, we believe, he originated and has done so much to make known. 







Some of the prominent societies and individuals in Boston, (where it is proposed to 
locate the Conservatory,) and in other parts of the state, have approved of the attempt 
to form such an institution ; and we sincerely wish Mr. Baker, and those engaged with 
him, success in their praiseworthy undertaking. The Journal is put at the low price of 
one dollar a year, and will also be freely circulated in a manner to further the interest 
of the cause; as the object of Mr. Baker is not pecuniary gain. 

< «»• — » 

Col. John Waixwiugiit, by his wife Elizabeth Norton, (see p. 229), had children : 
Elizabeth, m. Addington Davenport; Anne, m. Adam Winthrop ; and Lucy, m. Paul 
Dudley. The husbands of the first two are mentioned as cousins in Mrs. Bradstreet's 
will, (p. 230.) They and their sister Dudley arc also mentioned. 

Benjamin Swbtt, (see p. 229), who mar. Elizabeth Norton, left posterity An ac- 
count of this branch of the Norton Lineage may be found in " Mementoes of the Swett 
Family," by J. Wragate Thornton, Esq., a descendant (8vo. 1851), and in the Register, 
Vol. VI., p. 59. Mr. Swett's pedigree is as follows : — 

Peter Weare = 

John Swett = Sarah , cl. at New- 

of Newbury. bury, Dec. 11, 1650. 

Nath'l Weare. for whom 

see Belknap's N. Hamp. 

pp. 82,364. 

d. at Newbury, 
Jan. 16, 1718, 

Be. CD. 

Bather = Capt. Benjamin Swett, 

ci Hampton, N. 11., m. 

Nov. 1647. Killed at 
Black Point, 1677. 

Moses Swett, 

b. Sept. 16, 

1661 •, 

d. 1730; 

wife Mary. 

Han- Ste- 
nah. phen 

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J<>Mpli,= Sarah. 

m. 1st, 




Moses, Benjamin Swett, = Eliz. Norton. 
1716. b. May I. 1710, 

m. Jul)' 20, L732. 

Dr. Levi = Sarah, = Hon Philips 
Dearborn. h. 17.36; d. While of S. 
Aug. 2, 1808. Hampton. 

Moses. Rogers. Lydia. 

Elizabeth, b. May 30, 
17 12; m. Dea. Batch- 
elder of Hampton. 

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Deposition of Mrs. Mary Osgood. — "The deposition of Mrs. Mary Os- 
good (alias Clemence), now of Andover, in the County of Essex in New England, 
formerly of the City of Coventry in Warwickshire, Old England, aged 58 years, 
who testifieth & saith that before the year Anno Dom°. 1652, I lived in the City 
of Coventry abovesaid, and boarded at the house of Mr. Biddle in Hog Lane, & 
was then well acquainted with Mrs. Ann Potter, grand-daughter to Thomas Pot- 
ter, Esq r . who had been Mayor of the City; the said Mrs. Ann Potter her father's 
name was as I have been informed, Humphrey Potter, the only son of said Thom- 
as Potter, Esq 1 "; the abovesaid Ann Potter (whose parents as I have heard were 
murdered in Ireland) is now living in Salem in New England & wife to Mr. An- 
thony Neadham; and also said Mary Osgood does further testify that Mrs. Re- 
beccah Bacon, aunt to the abovesaid Ann Potter, sent to England for her, which 
invitation she accepted. Mrs. Mary Osgood made oath to what is abovewritten 
this 19 July, 1695, before me, Dudley Bradstreet, Jus. Peace Examined, S. 
Sewall, Register." [Copied by C. M. Endicott, from Essex Registry of Deeds, 
Bk. X. Folio 190. 


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Burrows, William W., of Boston, at 
Cambridge, May 17, to Miss Emily A. 
Pladlcy, of C; by Rev. Caleb Davis 
Bradlee of Cambridge. 

Colburn, Joseph, at Roxbury, March 28, 
to Miss Annie A. Whitmore. 

Reverb, Paul J., of Boston, at Quincy, 
March 17, to Lucretia W., dan. of the 
late Rev. Win. P. Lunt, 1). I). 

Wasiihurn, William J)., of Minneapolis, 
Min., at Bangor, Me., April 19, to Miss 
Elizabeth L. Muzzy, dau. of Hon. Frank- 
lin Muzzy; by Rev. Amory Battles. 

Whittemore, Joel, at Wendell, Nov. 3", 
to Miss Martha 8. Waters; both of Fitz- 
william, N. II. 

Whittemore, E. S., of Sandwich, Feb. 
27, to Miss Mary Louisa, dau. of J. Mur- 
ray, Jr., of Somerville. 


AnnoT, Moses, Andovcr, March 0, a. 93. 

Alcott, Dr. William A., at Auburndale, 
(Newton,) May 29, a. GO y. 7 mos. He 
was b. at Wolcott, Ct., Aug. G, 1798, 
and was a descendant in the 7th gen. 
from Thomas Alcock, who, (with his broth- 
er George) came to this country in 1630, 
and settled at Boston, whence he removed 
in 1G39 to Dcdham, but in 1650 returned 
to Boston and d. there Jan. 1G57. The 
surname Alcock has been changed by the 
descendants of Thomas, first to Alcox, 
and more recently to Alcott. Philip a . 1 /- 
cock, son of Thomas, 1 was born in 1648, 
and, after the death of his father, remov- 
ed with his mother, who had m. John 
Bcnham, to New Haven, Ct., where he 
d. in 1715. By his wife Elizabeth Mitch- 
ell, he bad, among others, John, 3 (b. Julv 
14, 1G75, d. Mar/ 1723,) of New Haven, 

who in. Susanna , and was father of 

John, 4 (b. Jan. 14, 1705, d. Jan. 6, 1777,) 
who m. Deborah Blakeslec and settled 
at Waterburv, Ct. David, 5 (b. Jan. 12, 
1740, d. Jan/ 29, 1821,) son of the pre- 
ceding, m. Abigail Johnson, and their 
son Obed, 6 (b. Sept. 8, 1775, d. Aug. 9, 
1847,) m. Anna Andrus and was father 
of William A. 7 the subject of this notice 
See Bronson's Hist, of Waterbury, Ct. 

Dr. Alcott was a man of rare merit 
and usefulness. He has written nearly a 
hundred different works, besides contrib- 
uting largely to periodicals and newspa- 
pers. His best known work is probably 
the " Young Man's Guide," which has 
had a very extensive circulation. Some 
of his other works are, " The House I 
live in," "Young Woman's Guide," 

"Physiology of Marriage," "Laws of 
Health," &c. 

Dr. Alcott began life as a teacher, but 
subsequently studied and practised med- 
icine, and of late has been principally 
engaged as a lecturer on physiology and 
hygiene, and as an author. 

Allen, Widow Hannah, Charlcstown, 
April 3, a. 92. 

A 1. 1. en, Hon. Benjamin, West Tisbury, 
April 3()th, a. 91 yrs. 4 mos. 16 ds. 

Alofsev, Mary Elizabeth, Jersey City, 
April 13th, in the 45th year of her age. 
She was born June 2, 1814 ; was the 
daughter of the late George Dummcr, 
and wife of Salomon Alofsen, Esq , of 
Jersey City. Her paternal grandfather, 
Stephen Bummer, was born at New Ha- 
ven, Conn., Aug. loth, 1755, and died 
there, Dec. 30th, 1835. He married Eu- 
nice Cooke, born at New Haven, Feb. 
28, 175S, where she died Aug. 1st, 1816. 
George Dummcr, the father of Mrs. 
Alofsen, was born at New Haven, Feb. 
5th, 1782, died at Jersey City, Feb. 21, 
1853. lie married at New York, June 
17, 1812, Elizabeth ()>borne, born at 
Middletown, Ct., Aug. 27, 1742, died at 
Jersey City, Nov. 1, 1829. She was the 
daughter of Daniel Osborne, of Conn., 
(born Aug. 18, 17G0, died at Stratford, 
Ct., Aug. 15, 1794,) and of Lois Nichols, 
born at Middletown, Ct., in Sept, 1762, 
died at Jersey City, Aug. 6, 1846. 

Andrews, Alonzo, New Salem, March 
14th, a. 57. He was of Boston, a grad- 
uate of Dartmouth College, in the class 
of 1829. 

Andrews, John, North Dartmouth, March 
25, a. 84. 

Bacon*, Mrs. Abigail, at Barnstable, Mass., 
Jan. 18, a. 89. She was a woman of ex- 
cellent disposition, but of great firmness 
and energy of character. In her opinions 
she was conservative and decided, though 
charitable towards those who differed 
from her. For over forty-seven years of 
her life she was a widow. Her husband, 
Hon. Ebenczer Bacon, who d. Nov. 1811, 
a. 55, was a man of no ordinary charac- 
ter ; active and energetic, of sound judg- 
ment and good business capacity. He 
justly acquired an influence in the county 
where he lived which few other men have 

Mrs. Bacon was a dau. of Daniel 4 
Crocker, and was born at the Old Crock- 
er House, in Barnstable, Nov. 6, 1769. 
Her father, Daniel, 4 (b. March 1, 1725-6,) 
was son of Dea. John, 3 (b. Feb. 24, 
1683,) whose father, Dea. Job? (b. Mar. 
9, 1644,) was son of Dea. William 1 Crock- 
er, who came to New England, in 1634, 


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with his elder brother John, 1 and settled 
at Scituate, but in 1639 removed thence 
to Barnstable. 

Batchelder, Sarah, Salem, March 5, a. 
92; widow of Wm. Batchelder. 

Bates, Sarah Inches, Boston, May 17th, 
a. 59 ; wife of Dr. George Bates. 

Batne, Walter McPherson, Boston, April 
27, a. 64. His chief work was a panora- 
ma of a "Voyage to Europe," combined 
with a passage up the Rhine, exhibited a 
few years since in this country and Eu- 

Beebe, Mrs. Naomi, Williamstown, March 
12, a. 94. 

Bent, Sukey Foster, Boston, March 23, a. 
75. She was dan. of James and Eydia 
(Dana) Blake, born in the part of Dor- 
chester now South Boston, Jan. 1 2th, 
1784; was a lineal descendant in the 
sixth generation from William and Ag- 
nes Blake, who settled in Dorchester in 
1630. In May, 1808, she married in 
Boston, Adam Bent, who was horn Mar. 
17th, 1776, died March 22.1, 1857. 

Bond, Henry, M. D., Philadelphia, 

4th, in the 7<»th year of his age 1 1 I was 
born in Watertown, .March 21. 1790, in 
the house occupied by his father, Ueiiry 
Bond, that stood (>n Main street, below 
the late Dr. Spring's residence, and di- 
rectly "i posite the ancient house of the 
Brown family. His grandfather, Col. 
William Bond, commanded a regiment 
in the Continental army, and dying in 
the service, Aug. 31st, 1776, was buried 
near Ticonderoga. The parents of Dr. 
Bond removed to Livermore, Me., when 
he was an infant. They died soon after, 
Leaving this son and a daughter, Hannah, 
bom in Livermore, April 15, 1794, who 
married William Dewey, Sept. 25, 1 
and died Nov. 24, 1827, leaving three 

The subject of this notice commenced 
his academical course at Hebron Acade- 
my, and entered Dartmouth College in 
1809. After graduating, in 1813, he be- 
gan the study of medicine with one of 
the professors in the college, which he 
continued till 1816, when he passed his 
examination, being a tutor in the college 
nearly two years. He settled first in 
Concord, N. H., where he resided about 
three years. He delivered popular lect- 
ures on chemistry each summer while 
living in Concord, and established a 
Reading Room or Athenaeum. In 1818 
he delivered the oration before the New 
Hampshire Phi Beta Kappa Society, and 
was elected that year a Fellow of the N. 
H. Med. Soc, a Censor, and Orator for 
the next anniversary. In Nov. 1819, he 
removed to Philadelphia, where he resid- 
ed till his death, unmarried, a period of 
nearly 40 years. He commenced prac- 
tice in P. in 1820, was for 10 years treas- 

urer of the Philadelphia Medical Society, 
and afterwards its vice president. He 
was also a member of the Kappa Lamb- 
da Society for medical improvement. In 
1S25 he was elected a Fellow of the Phil- 
adelphia College of Physicians, and its 
secretary in 1832, which office he held 
until ill health compelled him to resign 
in 1844. He was the author of many 
valuable papers on professional subjects, 
and contributed largely to medical and 
other journals ; was a member of numer- 
ous historical and other societies, and of 
religious and charitable associations; was 
for several years president of the Phila- 
delphia Board of Health. Though enti- 
tled to high consideration and respect, 
which he received, as ■ physician of suc- 
- - t"ul practice, he attained his widest 
reputation elsewhere, as one of the " most 
successful and thorough of American 
prosecutors of genealogical history/' In 
• he published his "Genealogies and 
History u\' Watertown, Mass.," to which 
he bad devoted many yean of untiring 
industry. This History of Watertown 
18 not only unique, and • credit to the 
literature of America, but it stands unri- 
valled in our country, for a work of its 
kind, — a durable monument of his patient 
industry and research. 

For many yean Dr. Bond had been 
subject to an affection of the heart. In 
AugU8t of last year, soon after his return 
from a visit to Waltham and its neigh- 
borhood, he was attacked With paralysis, 
from the * SI Cts of which he never recov- 
ered. He has passed away, Leaving be- 
hind B rare example of character, reso- 
lute will, firmness of purpose, combined 
with the gentleness and courtesy of a 
Christian gentleman". See his History 
of Watertown for further details of his 
family history and genealogy. 

lie was a Corresponding Member of 
the N. E. Hi-t. Gen Boe. and bequeathed 
to it his manuscripts and interleaved 
copies of his History of Watertown, as 
well as his unbound copies, amounting 
to a large number of volumes. 

Bonney, Silence, Pittsfield, March 29, less 
than one month short of 103 years of 
age, the anniversary of her birth occur- 
ring on the 26th of April. She removed 
from Easton to Pittsfield many years 
ago ; was in her usual health on Monday 
night, on retiring, and on Tuesday morn- 
ing was found dead in her bed. She was 
relict of William, and mother of Edson 
B. Bonney of Pittsfield. 

Bowlegs, Billy. The Fort Smith (Ark.) 
Times says : " We learn from Mr. George 
M. Aird, who arrived yesterday from the 
Seminole country, that Billy Bowlegs 
died suddenly at the house of John 
Jumper, on Friday, March 1 1 . Thus has 
passed away one who has been a terror 


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to the settlors of Florida, and one of the 
greatest chiefs and Indian warriors of the 
present day." 

Bradford, Rev. George, Watertown, Feb. 
17th, in the 31st year of his age. He 
was born in Duxbury, June 3, 1828, the 
son of Ephraim, and a lineal descendant 
of Gov. Bradford. On the maternal side 
lie was also connected with one of the 
oldest and most respectable families of 
Duxbury. lie graduated at Harvard 
College in 1851, was afterward Principal 
of the Duxbury Academy, where lie had 
previously fitted himself for college, lie 
entered the Theological School at Cam- 
bridge in 1853, was ordained at Water- 
town, Nov. 6, 1856, and soon after mar- 
ried. Early in the summer of 1858, a 
severe attack of typhoid lever obliged 
him to suspend his labors, until Septem- 
ber, when he resumed them, lint his 
toil was beyond his strength. On the 
opening sabbath of the new year he 
preached for the last time to his people. 
His complaint had settled into incurable 
consumption — from thence his decline 
was rapid. On the morning of the 17th, 
at half past three o'clock, he died. 

Bkadlee, Joseph Williams, Boston, Oct. 
31st, aged 9 mos. 11 days, only child of 
Nathaniel J. and Julia K. Bradlee. 

Braman, Rev. Isaac, Georgetown, Dec. 
26th, a. 88. He was son of Sylvan us 
and Experience (Blanchard) Braman, 
and was born in Norton, Mass., the 5th 
of July, 1770. He graduated at II. C. in 
1794, and for several years has been the 
only survivor of his class. After leav- 
ing college he studied for the ministry 
with Rev. Jason Haven of Dedham, (II. 
U. 1754,) and Rev. Pitt Clark of Norton, 
(H. U. 1790.) He was ordained, the 7th 
June, 1797, pastor of the Second Parish 
in Bow ley, then called North Rowley, 
and since incorporated into a town by 
the name of Georgetown. 

He was successor to Rev. Jas. Chand- 
ler, (H. U. 1728,) who died the 19th 
April, 1789, at the age of 83 years, and 
in the 58th year of his ministry. The 
parish was destitute of a settled minister 
nine years, and Mr. Braman was the last 
of sixty-four candidates who preached 
there on probation. He continued pastor 
of this society until his death — a period 
of more than sixty-one years. Within a 
few years, on account of the infirmities 
of age, he was obliged to relinquish his 
arduous duties, and the Rev. Charles 
Beecher was ordained as colleague pastor 
with him. 

He married, August, 1797, Hannah 
Palmer, youngest daughter of Rev. Jo- 
seph Palmer of Norton, (H. U. 1747,) 
born 12 June, 1773. They had five chil- 
dren, viz.: — 1. Harriet, b. 17 July, 1798, 
m. Rev. John Boardman, (D. C. 1817,) 

minister in Douglas, Mass.; 2. Milton 
Palmer, b. 6 Aug. 1799, (II. U. 1819,) 
now minister of the First Church in Dan- 
vers, Mass.; 3. James Chandler, b. 29 
Sept. 1801, d. at sea, (on his passage 
from Calcutta for Salem, seventy-five 
davs out,) 5 Dec. 1820; 4. Adeline, b. 
10 July, 1805, d. 10 Sept. 1830 ; 5. Isaac 
Gordon, b. 12 March, 1813, is a physi- 
cian in Brighton, Mass. Mr. Braman'a 
wife died 14ih August, 1835, aged 62; 
and he married for his second wife, in 
1837, Sarah Balch, daughter of John 
Balch, Esq., of Newburyport. She sur- 
vives him. — [Boston Advertiser. 

Brown, Capt. Daniel, Brownstown, Pa 
March 3, a. 89 ; supposed by some to 
have been the last survivor of the Wy- 
oming massacre. The newspapers state, 
however, that there was then living at 
Fenner, Madison Co., N.Y., David Stod- 
dard, ninety-one years old, who was en- 
gaged in that massacre. 

Buffum, Mrs. Mary, wife of Col. Samuel 
Buffum, Orono, Me., April 14th, in the 
70th year of her age. 

Buttekfield, Mrs. Hcpzibali, Tyngsbor- 
OUgh, March 13, a. 93. 

Calhoun, John, Chicago, Feb. 20, in the 
51st year of his age. He was born in 
Watertown, Jefferson County, N. Y., 
where he served an apprenticeship at the 
printing business. On the 26th of Nov. 
1833, he issued the first number of the 
Chicago Democrat, the first newspaper 
ever printed in Chicago, and now pub- 
lished by Hon. John Wentworth. 

Carnahan, Rev. James, 1). 1)., Newark, 
X. J., March 2, a. 84; late President of 
Princeton College, which office he held 
for thirty-one years. He was born Nov. 
15, 1775, in Cumberland Co., Pa. 

Case, Hezekiah, Bloomfield, Conn., Feb. 
23, a. 90. 

Chamberun - , Ann Mary, Lewisburg, Pa., 
March 4th, in her 90th year. She was 
born in New York, — her maiden name 
Kimble ; was the fourth wife and the 
relict of Col. William Chamberlin of 
Buffalo Valley, Pa., whom she married 
in 1794. 

Clark, Peter, Belmont, May 2, a. 90 yrs. 
4 mos. 

Clarke, Lucie Larned, Chicago, May 2, 
a. 40 ; wife of Samuel C. Clarke, for- 
merly of Boston. 

Coburn, Rosanna, Andover, March 20, a. 

Combe, W T illiam, Jersey City, Feb. 21, a. 
65. He was a brother of George Combe, 
the celebrated phrenologist, and a native 
of Scotland. 

Comstock, Josiah, La Harpe, 111., Feb. 
28, a. 94. He was formerly of Spring- 
field, Mass. 

Cowles, Mark, Westfield, March 21, a. 93. 

Crowell, Eli, Granville, May 23, a. 92. 


Marriages and Deaths. 


Crowninshield, Edward A., Boston, Feb. 
20, a. 41. He was the youngest son of 
the late Hon. Benjamin W. Crownin- 
shield of Salem; born Feb. 25, 1817; 
grad. H. C. 1836; was a gentleman of 
liberal culture and fine taste, and highly 
respected wherever known. 

Cutler, Rev. Abel, Northampton, Feb. 
27, a. 78. 

Denio, John, Albion, N. Y., March 30th, 
in the 81st year of his age. He was born 
in Greenfield, Mass., in Sept. 1778; was 
by profession a printer, and served his 
time with Thomas Dickman, who estab- 
lished and published the first newspaper 
printed in Greenfield, Feb. 1, 1792. It 
was at that time called the "Impartial In- 
telligencer," but in about six months af- 
terwards, this was dropped, when it took 
the name of the " Greenfield Gazette." 
It has been continued since and published 
under various titles, till 1841, when it 
was united with the Courier, and took 
the name of the "Gazette and Courier," 
which it now bears. .Mr. I), went to 
Boston at the close of his apprenticeship 
and worked in the office of Thomas & 
Andrews. In connection with Sereno 
Wright of Northampton he established, 
in 1800, a newspaper in Vermont. Soon 
after he returned to Greenfield and pur- 
chased the Gazette oiliec of his former 
master, and continued the paper till 1811. 
In 1827, he left for Albany, and was con- 
nected for a while with the "Albany 
Morning Chronicle." In Rochester for 
about five years from 1832, he published 
the "Rochester Gem." For the last 15 
years of his life he resided in Albion ; 
about 8 years of the time one of the edi- 
tors and proprietors of the "Orleans 
American," published in that town. For 
several years he held the office of Loan 
Commissioner for Orleans County. 

Dill, Hon. Samuel, Camillas, N.Y., May 
1, a. 91. In 1808, as major in the New 
York state infantry, lie had command of 
the entire Northern Frontier, from the St. 
Lawrence to Niagara, and Gen. Winfield 
Scott served under him as Lieutenant in 
the line. In 1812, he removed to Au- 
burn; to Camillus in 1829. 

Do axe, Right Rev. George Washington, 
D. D., LL. D., Episcopal Bishop of New 
Jersey, Burlington, April 27th, in his 
60th vear. He was born in Trenton, N. 
J., May 27, 1799, grad. at Union College 
in 1818, and was ordained in 1821. He 
first officiated in Trinity Church, New 
York; in 1824 he received the appoint- 
ment of Professor of Belles Lettres and 
Oratory in Trinity College, Ct. In 1828 
he became assistant minister at Trinity 
Church, Boston, and in 1830, on the 
death of Rev. Dr. Gardiner, was elected 
Rector, which position he occupied until 
he was consecrated as Bishop of New Jer- 

sey, Oct. 31st, 1832. The next year he 
was chosen rector of St. Mary's Church, 
Burlington, where he has since remained, 
fulfilling, besides his Episcopal duties, 
those also of rector and principal of St. 
Mary's Hall and Burlington College — 
institutions for young ladies and young 
men, established by himself. 

Drake, Thomas M., at Zanesville, O., 
May 8, by drowning. He was a native 
of Ireland, but had long resided in this 
country. He was a good scholar, with 
fine oratorical abilities, and had been a 
professor in Ohio College. 

Dure*, William, Carlisle, March 2, a. 93. 

Bambb, Mrs. Martha, Lunenburg, March 
8th, a. 94. 

Eaton, William, Worcester, May 4th, a. 
92 yrs. 7 mos. 

Eddt, "Caleb, Chicopce, Feb. 22, of apo- 
plexy, in the 74th year of his age. He 
was long a resident of Boston ; early in 
life of the linn of Bemis & Eddy, mer- 
chants, on Long Wharf. He was super- 
intendent of the Middlesex Canal many 
years, a member of the Board of Alder- 
men in 1823 and 1824, and Democratic 
candidate for Mayor in 182S and 1838. 

Edge, [saac, Jersey City, March 10th, a. 
58; the well known pyrotechnist. Mr. 
Edge was one of the ttrsl manufacturers 
of tire works in the United States. 

EjDSON, Mary, Ashfield, April 3d, a. 93 ; 
widow of Howard Edson. 

En. i.D, Clarinda, Leverett, April 24, a. 91 
yrs. 6 mos. 

Flint, William, Canaan, N.Y., March 13, 
a. 96. 

Foss, Sarah, Saco, Me., April 14, a. 90; 
widow of Edward Eoss. 

Fowler, Samuel, Danvcrsport, Feb. 22, 
a. B2 yrs. 5 mos. 

Gardner, Ebenezer, Nantucket, May 3, a. 
94 years 7 mos. 4 days. He was born on 
the island of Nantucket, Sept. 29, 1764. 
Early in the spring of 1781, at the age of 
sixteen, he joined, with several others 
of his townsmen, the privateer " Saucy 
Hound," which was taken by the "Gen- 
eral Arnold " and carried into Sandy 
Hook. He was then transferred to the 
sloop of war Rattlesnake, from thence to 
the Marlborough 74, one of Admiral 
Rodney's fleet, which, joined by Admi- 
rals Drake and Hood, achieved the cele- 
brated victory over Comte de Grassc, in 
the AVest Indies, in April, 1782. Mr. 
Gardner fought the seventh gun on the 
second deck in this engagement. All the 
men around him were killed, and at one 
time he had the shot stricken from his 
hand by one from the enemy. There 
were four other Nantucketers beside Mr. 
G. in this engagement, viz. : Thomas 
Hussey, Daniel Coffin, Prince Coleman, 
and Peleg Barker; and the probability is 
that Mr. Gardner is the last of that heroic 


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number who were engaged in a battle 
ever memorable to the people of Eng- 
land, as it sustained their supremacy in 
the West Indies for the past seventy- 
seven years. After the battle the Marl- 
borough sailed for New York, returned 
to the West Indies in November, and 
thence to England. Mr. G. was on board 
the Marlborough 28 months. On his re- 
turn to Nantucket he soon engaged in 
voyages to the Grand Bank, various 
whaling voyages, and then again for a 
while in the merchant service. He had 
a large family to whom he was tenderly 
endeared, leaving to them and others 
an example of honest industry, living 
" above fear and above reproach." — 
Abridged from Nantucket Inquirer, May 
13, 1859. 

Gilchrist, Robert, Carlisle, Feb. 23, a. 00. 

Glazier, Jason, West Boylston,May 18th, 
a. 91 yrs. 10 mos. 

Gould, Jonas, New Braintrec, March 22, 
a. 81 ; April 14, Capt. Daniel Gould, a. 
84. They were brothers. 

Graham, James, Industry, Me., May 8, a. 
81 yrs. 11 mos. 11 days. Mr. Graham 
has been an inhabitant of two state-, 
three counties, and four towns, without 
a change of domicil ; all these changes 
having been made by the separation of 
Maine from Massachusetts, and the alter- 
ations of county and town lines, while he 
has resided in the same house. 

Gray, Hon. John, Forrcstville, N. Y., 
April 23, a. 90. 

Hammond, Sarah, Boston, April 2, a. 91 ; 
widow of Samuel Hammond. 

Haskell, Gen. William T., Lexington, 
Ky., at the Insane Asylum, March 20; 
well known as an orator and politician. 
He served in the Mexican war ; and was 
a Representative in Congress from Ten- 
nesce from 1847 to 1849. The newspa- 
pers state that his lather removed to Ten- 
nesee about half a century ago, from 
Cumberland, R. I., and that he has rela- 
tives living in the latter place. 

Hawes, Mrs. Mary, New Bedford, March 
7, a. 90. 

Henshaw, Joshua Sidney, Utica, May 29th. 
His name, originally Joshua Henshaw 
Belcher, was changed by the Pennsylva- 
nia Legislature in 1 845. He was the eldest 
son of Joshua and Charlotte (Babcock) 
Belcher ; was born in Boston 16th Octo 
ber, 1811, and was therefore 47 years of 
age. He was a descendant of the colo- 
nial Governor Belcher. His father was 
of the firm of Belcher & Armstrong, well 
known printers and publishers in Boston, 
in the early part of the present century. 
Mr. Henshaw was educated partly at 
Leicester Academy, and partly at the 
High School in Boston. In 1827 he en- 
tered the counting room of H. II. Will- 
iams, dry goods dealer, Boston, for the 

purpose of becoming a merchant, but it 
was soon evident that this was not his 
element. He then began the study of 
the classics with a view of entering Har- 
vard College, but was obliged to relin- 
quish his studies on account of ill health. 
The winter of 1829, he passed in Florida, 
and returning in the spring he resumed 
his studies at Northampton ; but the next 
year he was again compelled to seek a 
milder climate, and passed the winter in 
New Orleans. In September, 1833, hav- 
ing regained his health, he accepted the 
appointment of Teacher in Chauncy Hall 
Institute in this city. In September, 
1837, he was appointed Professor of 
Mathematics in the United States Navy, 
and sailed in the Columbia frigate, spend- 
ing the next two-and-a-half years on 
board that ship in a voyage round the 
world, and on his return wrote a very in- 
teresting account of his voyage in a work 
which was published under the title — 
"Around the World." On his return in 
1841, he temporarily resigned his posi- 
tion in the Navy, and entered the office 
of Judge Mallory of Philadelphia, with 
whom he pursued the study of the law. 
He was admitted to the bar in 1843, and 
the same year was re-instated in the Navy 
as Professor of Mathematics. In 1847, 
he went to Europe in the frigate Mace- 
donian, to carry the contributions of the 
United States to starving Ireland. He 
retained his office in the navy until 1848, 
he then settled in Utica where he remain- 
ed practising law until his death. He, 
married, 11th March, 1846, Jane Handy 
of Utica. His children were : 1. Emily 
Henshaw, born 17th July, died 21st July, 
1848; 2. John Henshaw, born 9th July, 
1850; 3. Abbic L., born August, 1851*. 

He published, 1. Philosophy of Hu- 
man Progress, 1835; 2. Incitement to 
Moral and Intellectual Well-doing, 1836 ; 
3. Around the World, 1840, and a second 
edition in 1846; 4. Life of Father Mat- 
thew, 1847; 5. United States Manual 
for Consuls, 1849. When taken by his 
last illness, he was engaged on a work 
designed to apply to practical life the 
rules of Scripture. The plan is quite 
novel and indicates the line of thought 
and study in which he delighted. The 
work was nearlv completed, and is enti- 
titled "Bible Ethics." 

He was a Corresponding Member of 
the N. E. Hist. Gen. Society. 

Hildreth, Dr. Israel, Lowell, April 6, in 
the 70th year of his age. 

Hinman, Abel, Southbury, Conn., a. 92. 
[Paper, May 27th. 

Hudson, Rev. John B., Leicester, N. Y., 
April 26, a. 89. Father Hudson, as he 
was universally called, was born in Hart- 
land, Litchfield County, Conn., in the 
year 1770. In 1796 he removed with his 


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wife to Franklin, Delaware County, N. 
Y. In 1804 he connected himself with 
the Methodist denomination belonging 
to the Herkimer Circuit, which included 
all the churches from Hudson River to 
the Genesee. During that year he en- 
tered the ministry, preaching and travel- 
line: west along the southern tier to Alle- 
gany County. His duties were labori- 
ous — encountering those trials experi- 
enced by tbc faithful itinerant pioneer. 
To his labors many prosperous churches 
are indebted for their organization. 
About the veir 1834 lie went to Leices- 
ter, then Allen's Hill, the only whiti 
tlement on the Genesee River below An- 
gelica. Subsequently he preached in 
the towns of Grroveland, Sparta, East 
Hill, Danville, Avon, Lima, Livonia, &C. 
He continued to labor in the town-, vil- 
lages and settlements from Cayuga Co. 
weal to Lake Erie, till bis ministerial 
labor- a< a pastor ceased. 

Huff, Widow Betsey, Lyman. Me., May 
18th, a. 90 j recently from Kennebunk- 

Hum boldt, Frederick Heinrich Alexander, 
.Berlin, May 6th, in the 90th war of his 
age; the celebrated traveller, author, 
naturalist, and man of science. He was 
born in Berlin, Sept. 14th, 1769. His 
principal work is his "Cosmos." 

Hunt, Mrs. Ruth, Marblehead, March 31, 
a. 90. 

Huntington, Miss Mehitable, Middle- 
town, Conn., Feb. 19th, a. 74; dan. of 

the late Rev. Enoch, and neice of Sam- 
uel Huntington, one of the signers of the 
Declaration of Indcpcndaii' 

JufBBON, Alexander, Salem, Luzerne Co., 
Pa., Feb lo, in his 95th fear. 

Jaqubs, Col. Sam'l, at " Ten Hills Farm," 
Somerville, March 27th, in the 83d year 
of his age. lie was born at "Wilming- 
ton, in the county of Middlesex, Sept. 
12, 177G. He was a descendant in the 
fifth generation from Henry Jaques, who 
came from England and settled in New- 
bury, in 1640. The mother of the de- 
ceased was of the Thompson family 
which is honorably mentioned in Wo- 
burn history. Her uncle, Daniel Thomp- 
son, was among those killed at the battle 
of Lexington. His father was a farmer 
and thus he became early imbued with 
the spirit of whatever related to agricul- 
ture. When a young man he sought 
business in the city, which he obtained. 
He gradually became a wealthy man, 
but, suddenly, by the failure of a house 
in London, he was stripped of his prop- 
erty, but his health, energy, courage, and 
reputation remained. Soon after, through 
the influence of a joint stock company, 
the "Ten Hills Farm" was obtained 
and placed in his power subsequently to 
purchase. Here he passed the last twen- 

ty-eight years of his life engaged in those 
pursuits which have embalmed his mem- 
ory in the agricultural literature of the 
Commonwealth. He was particularly 
noted for his experiments in the breeding 
of the various and choicest kinds of do- 
mestic animals, and the lovers of good 
fruit, among other things, are indebted to 
him for the propagation and dissemina- 
tion of the celebrated peach which bears 
his name. He was the chief marshal of 
the procession at the laving of the corner 
stone of the Bunker Hill Monument, by 
i, a. La Payette, June 17th, 182.1. lie 
was Inspector General of Hops for the 
state of Massachusetts, betwe< □ l B06 and 
1837. During that term of ottice, his 
accurately kept books show that upwards 

of seventy-six thousand bags, containing 
in the ; ■■ more than sixteen mill- 

ion pounds of hops, valued at above two 
million dollars, were submitted to his in- 

Through his lengthened life he had in 
a remarkable degree :_ r "<>d health, men- 
tioning, in hi- BlSt year, that he had not 
bad the advii e of a physician for 78 years. 

He claimed to have been the originator 

of the private letter-box system of the 
Post Office in Boston,; having an exten- 
trrespondence, and not liking to 
wait for the assorting of a large collec- 
tion of letters, he placed a box within 
the ollice, requesting the postmaster to 
have his letters put into it, which was 
done, and the plan was BOOS imitated. 
His diary, occupying some forty or fifty 
large volumes, is a literary curiosity, and 
would, if published, furnish a large fund 
of interesting and valuable information. 
About two years .since, he stated that 
since the year 1800 he had written some- 
thing in tins diary almost every day. 

JONBS, Lois, Lynn, March l,a. 94; widow 
of Nathaniel Jones. 

Kendall, Lev. James, D. D., Plymouth, 
March 17, at the age of 89 years, 4 mos. 
14 days, after a ministry of more than 
59 years, lie was the youngest son of 
Major James Kendall of Sterling, Mass., 
and was born in that town, Nov. 3d, 
17G9. He had two brother-, one of whom 
was a physician, and the other a school- 
master who died in Dan vers at the age 
of 27. His mother's original name was 
Elizabeth Mason. She was born in Lex- 
ington. He was nearly lifted to enter 
Harvard University at the age of 14, un- 
der the instruction of Rev. Reuben Hol- 
comb, the minister of Sterling, who was 
a grad. of Y. C. 1774, but his eyes fail- 
ing him in consequence of close appli- 
cation, he was obliged, for several years, 
to give up the hope of obtaining a liber- 
al education. From that time until he 
was 21 years of age he worked on his 
father's farm in summer, and, when old 


Marriages and Deaths. 


enough, taught school in winter. Dur- 
ing that period his eves recovered their 
strength, and returning to his studies, 
was prepared to enter Harvard College, 
where he graduated in 1796. After leav- 
ing college he was appointed assistant 
teacher in Phillips Academy at Andover, 
and, subsequently, was tutor of Greek in 
the college. He pursued his theological 
studies under the direction of Dr, Tap- 
pan, then Professor of Divinity in the 
University, and Rev. Jonathan French, 
minister of the Second Church in Ando- 
ver. He was ordained over the First 
(the Pilgrim) Church in Plymouth, Jan. 
1, 1800, and was the sole pastor of the 
society for thirty-eight years. On the 3d 
of Jan. 1838, liev. George W. Briggs 
was chosen an assistant, where he re- 
mained fifteen years. Dr. Kendall's col- 
leagues, successively to Mr. B., were 
Rev. Henry L. Myrick, Rev. George S. 
Ball, and Rev. Edward II. Hall. The 
latter was ordained Jan. 5rh of the pres- 
ent year. On the 3d of January, 1850, 
Dr. K. preached his semi-centennial ser- 
mon which was printed. He was twice 
married. His first wife was Sarah Poor, 
dau. of Deacon Daniel Poor of Andover, 
to whom he was married in June, 1800. 
She was the mother of six children, — 
three of whom arc living. She died 
Feb. 13, 1809, in the 33d year of her age. 
His second wife was Sally Kendall, dau. 
of Dea. Paul Kendall of Templeton. 
She was married June 17, 1810, and died 
Feb. 5, 1845, aged 65, after severe suffer- 
ing, during almost 30 years, from repeat- 
ed attacks of neuralgia. She was the 
mother of six children, all living except 
one, who died at Madison, Wis., March 
9, 1853, in the 35th year of his age. 

Rev. George W. Briggs, his first col- 
league, now of Salem, delivered a ser- 
mon at the funeral of Rev. Dr. Kendall, 
Sunday afternoon, March 20th. This 
discourse was published. 

King, Esther, Hawley, Dec. 21, a. 92; 
widow of Amos King. She had 11 chil- 
dren, 53 grand-children, and 64 great- 

Lane, Albert G., Machias, Me., March 
27th, a. 50 ; son of Col. Daniel Lane of 

Larrabee, Prof. William C, at his home 
in Grecncastle, Indiana, May 5th, at 5 
o'clock, A. M. Professor Larrabee has 
occupied many positions of usefulness 
and honor. He commenced his career 
as a teacher, and through his long life he 
was identified with the cause and ad- 
vancement of education. At Alford, Me., 
for two years he was in charge of an 
academy. This was in 1828. From 
thence he took charge of the first college 
class formed at Wesleyan University, 
Middletown, Ct. In 1831 he went to 

Cazenovia, N. Y., to take charge of the 
first Methodist institution of learning in 
that state, where he remained five years. 
From this place he went to the Maine 
Wesleyan Seminary at Readfield. In the 
fall of 1840 he was elected to the chair of 
mathematics by the trustees of the Indi- 
ana Asbury University, at Grecncastle, 
in this state. For many years he occu- 
pied this position with trreat success, and 
for a short period he officiated as Presi- 
dent. Upon the organization of the com- 
mon school system, under t! e new post* 
stitution, Professor Larrabe< was iccted 
the first Superintendent of Tublic In- 
struction in 1852, which he held two 
years. He was again re-elected to this 
position in 1856. In the interval he act- 
ed as Superintendent of the Blind Asy- 
lum by appointment of Gov. Wright. 
He was also, at one time, in 1850 we be- 
lieve, a Visitor to West Point. In Jan- 
uary, 1856, he became one of the propri- 
etors of this paper, which he continued 
for nearly a year, without taking an ac- 
tive participation in its management. 

Professor Larrabee was a fluent writer 
and contributed largely to the press. For 
several months previous to his first elec- 
tion as Superintendent of Public Instruc- 
tion, he edited the Ladies Repository. 
He was the author of " Rosubower," 
" The Scientific Evidence of Christiani- 
ty," which is extensively used as a text- 
book, and "Asbury and his Coadjutors." 
| Indianapolis Si ntind. 
Little, Bphraim, Marshfield, March 23, 
a. 92 yrs. 8 mos. 1 day. He was the last 
living descendant in the fourth genera- 
tion of Thomas Little and Anna War- 
ren, who were married at Plvmouth, 
April 19th, (29th, X. S.) 1633, she being 
a daughter of Richard Warren the May- 
flower pilgrim ; her mother died at Ply- 
mouth, Oct. 2d, (12th, N. S.) 1673, about 
93 years of age. The Plymouth Colony 
Records say, "aged above 90 years." 
He was also, through his grandmother, a 
descendant in the fourth generation of 
Constant Southworth and Elizabeth Coll- 
ier, who were married at Plvmouth, Nov. 
2d, (12th, N. S.) 1637. The mother of 
Constant Southworth, who was the sec- 
ond wife of Governor Bradford, died, 
according to the Plymouth Colony Rec- 
ords, March 26th,* (April 5th, N. S.) 
" four score years of age or thereabouts." 
His father's age was 90 years, 5 months, 
26 days, and his grand-parents on his 
father's side were respectively 83 years, 
10 months, 28 days, and 85 years. One 
of his father's brothers lived to be about 
96, one 95 years, 5 months, 14 days, and 
another 84 years, 5 months, 5 days ; and 
a sister to be about 94 years. Of his own 
brothers and sisters, one was 88 years, 8 
months, 8 days, another 87 years, 9 mos. 


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28 days, and two or three others over 80 
years of age. All the foregoing lived 
and died at Marshfield, except two of his 
uncles and one sister. Many of his cous- 
ins were at their deaths between eighty 
and ninety. 
Locke, Jane Ermina, Ashburnham, March 
8, aged nearly o4 ; the wife of John G. 
Locke, counsellor, of Boston, to whom 
she was married, Oct. 20, 1820. She was 
born at Worthington, April 25, 1805, the 
daughter of Dea. Charles and Deborah 
(Brown) Starkweather, gr. dau. of Rob- 
ert and Sarah (Eveleth) Starkweather of 
Stonington, Ct., and of Chesterfield, Ms., 
gr. gr. dau. of John and Mary (Herrick) 
Starkweather of Stonington, Ct, gr 
gr. dau. of John and Ann Starkweather 
of Ipswich, and gr. gr. gr. gr. dau. of 
Robert and Jennett Starkweather of Rox- 
bury and Ipswich, who emigrated from 
England about 1640 and settled at Rox- 
bury ; it i- Baid that lie was a native of 
the Isle of Man. 

Mrs. Locke was a writer for many of 
the newspapers and periodicals of 
England, New York, and other pi 
dming the last thirty years. In 1842 a 
volume of her poems was published in 
Boston; "Rachel, or the Little Mourn- 
er," in 1844; "Boston, a Poem," in 
IMG ; "The Recalled, or Voices of the 
Last," in 1855, and a " Rhymed Eulogy" 
on the death of Webster, the same year. 
All of these were poems, and of BOme of 

them there were several editions. Her 
prose writings, which were numerous and 
consisted or tales and correspondence 
with many newspapers, have never been 
published in a collected form. Mrs. 
Locke also had nearly perfected a Bio- 
graphical Dictionary of all the writers 
of America, and a work on Pauperism : 
her husband, who is the general agent of 
the alien commissioners, having been 
connected with all the State charitable 
institutions for the last six years. 

The writings of Mrs. Locke are char- 
acterized by great vigor of expression, 
analytical, subtile, and inventive in a 
high degree. She was a keen observer 
of the progress of opinion in our country; 
generous in her appreciation of others, 
and ready to give her testimony in their 
behalf. Much she had done, yet her capa- 
bilities were not fully revealed, either to 
herself or the world. Those who knew 
her best felt that much of reserved power 
remained. In tranquillity of mind she 
left the world, beautifully realizing her 
own last words, "All is peace." 

Look, Susan, West Tisbury, March 16th, 
a. 91 ; widow of Lot Look. 

Masters, William, Boston, April 20th, a. 
60. He was noted for his devotion to a 
speciality, the history of the Regicides. 
The Providence Journal says, that his 

knowledge upon this subject was proba- 
bly not surpassed by any historian now 
living. lie always talked of writing a 
volume upon this his favorite study, es- 
pecially as he had detected main" errors 
in Rev. Dr. Stiies's History of the Regi- 
cides. A volume of this kind, properly 
edited, with the additional information 
inserted, obtained since the death of Dr. 
Stiles, would make one of the most valu- 
able additions to our historical literature. 

Mather, Prof. Wm. Williams, Columbus, 
Ohio, Feb. 26th, in the 55th year of his 
lie was born in Brooklyn, Wind- 
ham Co., Conn., May 24th, 1804, was 
the son of Elea/.er and Frances (Will- 
iams) Mather. Ili> father was born in 
Lyme, Conn., in 1776, his mother in 
Canterbury, Ct., July 3d, 17S4. Elea/.er 
was the oldest son of Dr. Elea/.er, a sur- 
■ n or officer in the Conn, troops in the 
rotation, who died about 1839-40, in 
Poi I i., Ohio. He was a descend- 
ant from Rev. Richard Mather of Dor- 
chcater, through Timothy, his second 
\ b. in England in 1628. Richard, 
01 Timothy, bap. Nov. 2, 
1653, had a son Joseph, b. .Jan. 29, 1686, 
died Sept. 30, 1749, who had a son Elea- 
zer, the grandfather of the subject of this 
notice. Tin' maternal grandfather of 
Prof. Mather wat Nathan Williams, born 
at Black Hill in Canterbury. At the age 
of Is 1 years he was in service in the 1. 
olution. He died about the year 1850, at 
the age of marly 100 years. The maiden 
name of bis wife was Hannah Putnam. 

Wiiliam Williams Mather was a dis- 
tinguished geologist and man of science. 
In 1823 he went as a cadet to West 
Point. In July, 1828, ] K - was breveted 
olid lieutenant of the seventh liegi- 
mtnt of Infantry. From 1829 to 1835 
he was acting Assistant Brofessor of 
Chemistry and Mineralogy, M. A. He 
was appointed first lieutenant Dec. 1834, 
and resigned Aug. 31, 1836. He was 
Professor of ( hemistry of the 'University 
of Louisiana, Geologist of Southeastern 
New York, from 1837 to 1844; State 
Geologist of Ohio from 1837 to 1840, 
and of Kentucky from 1838 to 1839; 
Professor of Natural Science of the Uni- 
versity of Ohio from 1842 to 1845, and 
since 1847 Vice President and acting 
President of the same. It is said the 
Professor had the largest and best collec- 
tion of minerals and every description of 
geological specimens in the West. He 
was a Corresponding member of the N. 
E. Hist. Gen. Society. 

Miller, Mrs. Sarah, Williamsburg, March 
24, a. 98. 

Mitchell, Mrs. Mariam, Kennebunk, Me., 
May 1st, a. 90. 

Moore, Joel, Rockland, Me., April 23, a. 
90 yrs. 9 mos. 8 ds.; of Southboro', Ms. 


Marriages and Deaths. 


Muspbatt, Susan Webb, Liverpool, Eng., 
May lltii, well known to the theatrical 
world as Miss Susan Cushman, particu- 
larly famed for her delineation of the 
lovely " Juliet." She was the daughter 
of Elkanah and Mary Eliza (Babbitt) 
Cushman, and a younger sister of Miss 
Charlotte Cushman, who often personat- 
ed with Miss Susan, the character of 
"Romeo." She was born March 17, 
1822; m. Nelson M. Mcriman, at Boston, 
March 14, 183G, by whom she had, Chas. 
Edwin, who was recently in the U. S. 
Navy. Her second husband was Prof. 
James Sheridan Muspratt, of the " Liv- 
erpool Royal College of Chemistry," 
whom she "married, Mar. 22, 1848. She 
first appeared on the theatrical stage in 
New York city in 1837, and after a brill- 
iant career of ten years acting in Europe 
and Ann rica, retired from the stage in 
Liverpool, Eng., in 1847. She died sud- 
denly from the effects of a cold. See 
"Cushman Genealogy," pp. 511-514, 

Nichols, Rev. Ichabod, D. I)., Cambridge, 
Jan. 2, ae. 75. He was born in Ports- 
mouth, N. II., July 5, 1784. When he 
was but live or six years old his parents 
removed to Salem, Mass., where they 
both died at an advanced age. He grad. 
at II. C. 1802, was a tutor in mathemat- 
ics at the college, from L805 till 1809. 
and on the 7th of June of the latter year 
was ordained in .Portland (ffs colleague 
with Rev. Samuel Deane, 1). I).,) the 
third pastor of the first parish, organized 
in 1727, the first in the state east of Ken- 
nebunk. Rev. Thomas Smith, the first 
pastor, was ordained and the church 
formed, in March, 1727. He continued 
in the pastoral office to the close of his 
life in 1795, — a period of sixty-eight 
years, two months and a third. Dr. 
Deane was settled as his colleague in 
1764; and this was the only religious so- 
ciety in Portland until 1788, when the 
Second Parish was established. Dr. 
Deane's pastorate continued fifty years, 
and was closed by his death in 1814. Dr. 
Nichols was sole pastor from the decease 
of Dr. Deane, to Jan. 1855, when the 
present pastor, Rev. Horatio Stebbins, 
was settled as his colleague. The con- 
nection of Dr. Nichols with the society, 
now terminated by his death, has extend- 
ed to more than forty-nine years. Dr. N. 
was twice married : first, to Dorothy, 
daughter of Gov. Gilman of New Hamp- 
shire, to whom he was united May 15, 
1810. She died in 1831, leaving two 
sons, — one a physician in Standish, the 
other a clergyman in Saco. His second 
wife, now living, is a daughter of the late 
Stephen Higginson of Boston. 

Dr. Nichols received the degree of D. 
D. from Bowdoin College, in 1821, and 

the same from Harvard University in 

Olmstkad, Prof Denison, LL. D., New 
Haven, May 13th, a. 68. He graduated 
at Yale College in 1813, was elected Pro- 
fessor of Chemistry in the University of 
North Carolina in 1815. While there he 
made a geological survey of that state, 
the first geological state survey, it is said, 
ever made in this country. In 1825, he 
was elected Professor of Mathematics 
and Natural Philosophy in Yale College, 
which place he filled at the time of his 

Patten, Lt, Col. William, at Bedford, N. 
H., Dec. 23, 1858, a. 67 y. 8 m. 12 d. 
He was b. at Bedford, April 11, 1791, 
and was son of Joseph and grandson of 
Samuel Patten, — the latter of whom was 
b. in Ireland in 1713. His mother was 
Mary, dan. of Adam Dickey of Bedford. 
He was bred a farmer, and inheriting his 
father's farm successfully cultivated it; 
but later in life became extensively inter- 
ested in real estate in Manchester, N. II., 
where he erected many expensive build- 
ings. By bis enterprise and liberality 
his name has become identified with the 
city of his adoption. His interest in its 
welfare did not end with its material 
wants, lint the school, the Lyceum and 
the church came in for a share of his pat- 
ronage, lie has, says Col. Potter, "done 
more for the city of Manchester, than 
any other man, living or dead, always 
excepting William Amory, Esq.," of 

In 1854, on the formation of the bat- 
talion of "Amoskeag Veterans" he was 
elected lieutenant colonel of the corps, 
and held his office till his resignation in 
1857. At the anniversary of the battal- 
ion, Feb. 22 last, his death was noticed, 
anil Col. C. E. Potter of Hillsborough, 
past commander of the "Veterans," paid 
a fitting tribute to his memory. 

He married Hannah, (dan. of his uncle 
John,) Patten, whose death occurred a 
few months previous to his own. They 
left no children. 

Perkins, Miss Louisa, Boston, Dec. 15th, 
a. 53 years, 11 months, 24 days. 

Phillips, Mrs. Hannah, Squam Beach, 
Monmouth Co., N. J., Feb. 22, in the 
108th year of her age. Her husband was 
one of the defenders of the " block 
house " at Tom's river, in the revolution- 
ary war, and was also engaged in repel- 
ling the numerous attacks of that noto- 
rious band known as the "Pine Rob- 
bers," who infested that part of the eoun- 
tv of Monmouth. See Barber and Howe's 
Hist. Coll. of N. J"., p. 351. 

Pickering, John Knight, Portsmouth, N. 
H., Feb. 21st, a. 66. He was born at 
Newington, but early removed to P. He 
was a descendant of the first John Pick- 


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ering, whose name and deeds stand prom- 
inent in the early history of Portsmouth. 

Pierce, George, Peru, March 26, a. 91. 

Platt, Helen Livingston, Yonkers, N. Y., 
April 8, a. 93 ; widow of Jonas Platt, 
one of the Judges of the Supreme Court, 
and sister of the late Dr. John Living- 
ston, formerly President of Rutgers Col- 
lege, N. J. She died at the residence of 
her son, Zephaniah Platt. 

Pratt, Rev. Hannibal, Columbus, Texas, 
Dec. 11th, 1857, a. 30. Mr. Pratt was a 
native of Tinmouth, Vt., where he spent 
the first seventeen years of his life. In 
1844 he removed to Matagorda, Texas, 
remaining till Sept. 184S, -when he en- 
tered the Freshman class of Trinity Col- 
lege, Hartford, Conn. At the beginning 
of his senior year, 1851, he was compelled 
by ill health to lay down his books and 
return to Texas. He was ordained Dea- 
con by Bishop Freeman in 1854, at St. 
Paul's College, of which he was one year 
Rector, and Priest in the following year. 

Puhkitt, Phebc Leach, Boston, May 12th, 
a. 93 yrs. 8 mos.; widow of Major Ilenrv 

Read, Col. Jonathan, Brooklyn, N. Y., a. 
87. He was a nephew of Col. Dexter, 
one of the Aids of Gen. Washington. 
He is said to have been the inventor of 
the iirst reaping machine built, and the 
first to introduce the Lima bean in this 
countrv, importing it himself from Lima, 
in 1800. 

Richards, Rev. John, D. D., Hanover, N. 
H., Mar. 29, a. 61. lie was son of Sam- 
uel Richards of Farmington, Ct., where 
he was b. May 14, 1797. He grad. Y. C. 
1821, and at Andover Theol. Seminary, 
1824. Afterwards he edited a religious 
newspaper at Windsor, Vt., which he 
ably conducted for several years. In 
1842 he was called to the pastorate of the 
Congregational Church at Hanover, N. 
H-, a church composed of the citizens of 
the town together with the Faculty and 
Students of Dartmouth College. This 
important position he filled with eminent 
ability till his death, a period of nearly 
seventeen years. He was a most impres- 
sive and instructive preacher, a kind pas- 
tor, a genial companion and a warm 
hearted friend. 

By his wife Emily, daughter of Zenas 
Cowles of Farmington, who survives 
him, he had four children ; of whom 
John, (D. C. 1851,) now a lawyer of 
Pittston, Lucerne Co., Pa., and two 
daughters are living. 

He was a resident member of the N. 
E. Hist. Gen. Society. 

Richardson, Abigail* Worcester, March 
31, a. 90 ; widow of John Richardson of 

Sampson, Charles, Brookline, March 3, in 
the 42d year of his age. He was of the 

well known publishing firm of Phillips, 
Sampson & Co., Boston. 

Sargent, Grace, Leicester, April 15th, a. 
85^- ; widow of John Sargent. 

Seymour, Mrs. Thankful, Litchfield, Ct., 
April 24th, a. 98. 

Sheldon, Mercy, Troy, N. Y., Mar. 28th, 
in the 90th year of her age. She was 
born in Scituate, R. L, Dec. 19th, 1769, 
and removed to Troy, in 1802, with her 
father, Elder James Sheldon. 

Smith, Mrs. Temperance, Tisbury, a. 96. 
[Transcript, April 5th. 

Smith, Hon. Oliver H., Indianapolis, Ind., 
March 19. He was a Representative in 
Congress from Indiana, 1827-29, and a 
Senator, 1837-43. He published, in 
1858, "Early Indiana Trials, Sketches, 
and Reminiscences." Philadelphia. 8vo. 
pp. 642. 

Thomas, Mrs. Mary, Charlcstown, Feb. 
27, a. 90 yrs. 6 mos. 12 days ; widow of 
Charles Thomas of Marshfield, and dau. 
of the late Joshua Cushman of Duxbury. 

Thomas, Isaac, Marshfield, Mar. 6, a. 93. 

Tillinghast, Amos Atwell, Pawtucket, 
Mass., March 19th, a. 66. He was for 
more than 30 years cashier of the Paw- 
tucket Bank, b. in Providence, R. I., May 
13, 1792, m. Sept. 14, 1824, Mary Niles, 
dau. of Henry and Lucy Jerauld of War- 
wick, R. I., who survives. Their dau. 
and only child, Frances, m. Francis Pratt, 
and d.'at Pawtucket, April 23d, 1853, 
leaving one son and two daus. Mr. T. 
was a descendant of Rev. Pardon Tillin- 
giiast, in the fifth generation: — 1. Rev. 
Pardon Tillinghast, 1). about 1622, emi- 
grated from Seven Cliff, near Beachy 
Head, Eng.; came to Providence, R. L, 
through Connecticut, Nov. 19, 1645; was 
pastor of the First Baptist Church, and 

d. there, Jan. 29, 1717-18 ; m. 1st, ; 

2d, Lydia Tabcr, Feb. 16, 1664, dau. 
probably of Philip T. of Tiverton, R. I. 
2. Joseph Tillinghast, 9th child of Rev. 
Pardon and the 6th of Lydia, 2d wife, b. 
1677, admitted freeman, 1701. 3. Nich- 
olas Tillinghast, Lieut. Gov. and Judge 
of Rhode Island, b. at Providence, May 
26, 1726; m. 1st, Susan Dyer; 2d, Jo- 
annajenks, Sept. 26, 1754, who d. Mar. 
30th, 1757 ; 3d, Ruth (Phillips) Edwards 
of Marblehead, a descendant of Rev. 
George Phillips of Watertown, Mass.; 
she d. at Taunton, 19 March. 1809, aged 
74. Mr. Tillinghast removed to Taun- 
ton, 19 March, 1789; d. there Feb. 26, 
1797. He was of the Sandemanian 
church, and during the revolution was 
attached to the royal cause, for which he 
suffered temporary imprisonment. 4. 
Nicholas Tillinghast, b. at Providence, 
Jan. 24, 1767, m. Betsey, dau. of Amos 
Atwell of Providence, b. Oct. 18, 1770, 
d. at Medfield, Mass., March 18, 1834. 
Mr. T. was a lawyer at Taunton, an ac- 


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tive federalist, and several times elected 
to the state legislature. He d. at Taun- 
ton, April 24, 1818. 5. Amos Atwell 
Tillinghast, the subject of this notice, 
who was a Member of N. E. Hist. Gen. 
Society. w. t. 

Usher, John G., Winchester, Feb. 28, a. 

Warner, Noah, Kcntsville, Nova Scotia, 
Jan. 20, a. 97 ; formerly of New Brain- 
tree, leaving two brothers and four sis- 
ters, none less than 75. Two brothers 
died within a few years, one 95 and the 
other 84, sons and daughters of Ware- 
ham and Hannah Warner. 

Warner, Mrs. Annis, Springfield, May 
17th, a. 93. 

Webster, Mrs. Lucy, Orono, Me., May 
7th, a. 76; widow of Col. Ebenezer 
Webster. Mrs. W. was the daughter of 
the late Paul Dudley, Esq., of Milford, 
Me. She was a lineal descendant of 

(the 4th generation from) Gov. Joseph 
Dudley. Col. Webster, to whom she 
was married Sept. 5, 1805, died at Orono, 
Aug. 16, 1855, a. 75. 

Webster. Stephen, Haverhill, May 25, a. 
91 yrs. 5 mos. 

Wiard, John, Remsen Corners, Medina 
County, Ohio, Jan. 18th, a. 99 yrs. 7 
mos. 19 days. He was born in New Ha- 
ven, Conn.", May 29, 1759. 

Willis, Elizabeth, Salem, March 20th, a. 
94; widow of Capt. John Willis. 

Wilson, George, Canandaigua, N. Y., 
March 27, a, 64 ; editor of the Canan- 
daigua Repository. 

Wilson, Prof. Charles, Rochester, N. Y., 
April 28 ; a teacher of music. His moth- 
er died the same day, aged 90. 

Winchell, Eli, East Granville, April 8, 
a. 92. 

Woodard, Mrs. Sarah, Northfield, May 
8th, a. 95. 

Tow t n Histories. — Dorchester, Mass. — The ninth number of this valuable history 
was issued in May last. It makes, with the numbers previously issued, 564 pages. 
This instalment completes the sketches of the Teachers of Dorchester, and commences 
those of the Graduates of Harvard College. 

Haddam, Ct. — In our last number we referred to this work, and by the kindness of a 
friend we are now enabled to describe it. The title is, — A History of the Towns of 
Haddam and East-Haddam. By David D. Field, A. M., Pastor of the Church in 
Haddam. Middletown : 1814. pp.48. The book contains much genealogical infor- 
mation, the last six pages being given to the subject, though in a general manner, and 
without many dates. It deserves mention as one of the earliest town histories extant. 

Newbwr/h, N. Y. — Two numbers of a history of this town, by E. M. Ruttenber, have 
been issued this year (to subscribers only) from the press of E. M. Ruttenber & Co., of 
Newburgh. Each number contains 32 royal 8vo. pages, and is furnished at 25 cents. 
The work is to be illustrated with views, maps, portraits, etc., drawn by Charles W. 
Tice. The portion already issued is well executed. 

Proposed Town Histories. — Haverhill, Mass. — G. W. Chase, Esq., editor of the 
"Masonic Journal," Haverhill, and author of several Masonic works, is engaged upon 
a new history of that ancient town. Mr. Mirick's history (12 mo., 1832) is now quite 
rarely obtained, and besides, a new history is needed to contain the later events, and 
the result of more recent investigations. 

Montpelier, Vt. — Hon. D. P. Thompson, of Montpelier, whose literary reputation 
guarantees an interesting work, is reported to have in preparation a history of that 
place. "Judge Thompson" says the Historical Magazine, "is admirably qualified for 
the task. He wrote the account of Montpelier for his namesake, Zadock Thompson, 
which was published in the Gazetteer as early as 1824 ; and his knowledge of its early 
and more modern history is probably unsurpassed." 

Gilead, Me. — We learn from the Magazine just quoted, that Mr. George Chapman is 
writing the history of the above town. 

Proposed Genealogies. — ChampUn. — J. D. Champlin, Jr., Esq., of Stonington, 
Conn., is collecting materials for a genealogy of the descendants of Jeoffrey Champlin, 
who was of Newport, R. L, in 1638, and subsequently one of the first settlers of Wes- 
terly, in the same State. He requests the co-operation of all of the name in the Union, 
who are interested in the undertaking, and will be thankful for any information in 
regard to the transatlantic history of the family, or of its early history in this country. 

Coffin. — Joshua Coffin, Esq., of Newbury, author of the history of that town, is pre- 
paring for publication a genealogy of the descendants of Tristram Coffin, (who came 

284 Genealogies, Histories, fyc. [July; 

to America in 1642,) derived in part from MSS. left by the late Dr. Charles Coffin, of 

New History of the Puritans. — Rev. Samuel Hopkins, of Northampton, Mass., 
is engaged upon a history of the Puritans, during the reigns of Edward VI. and Queen 
Elizabeth. It will be published in three volumes octavo, the first of which we learn 
will soon be issued from the press of Gould and Lincoln, of Boston. 

Masonic History. — We learn that Mr. Chase, of Haverhill, whose proposed history 
of that place is noticed in this number, has been several years engaged in the prepara- 
tion of a "Masonic History of New England," and a "Digest of Masonic Law and 

Bibliography of Maine. — "We have received the fourth number of Norton's 
Literary Letter, containing among other interesting and valuable matters, a carefully 
prepared article on the bibliography of the State of Maine, by Hon. William Willis, of 
Portland, Me, 

Spinster. — (April number, p. 117). — In reply to a query, whither the term spinster 
was applied to married women in the seventeenth century, Mr. Endicott writes : — 

"In the second volume of the Register, page 110, we find Sarah Osgood and 4 chil- 
dren; residence 'Horrell;' and under the column 'occupation', in common with 
Linen Weavers, Yeomen, Carpenters, Tailors, Husbandmen, Shoemakers, Tanners, 
Merchants, &c, her ' occupation ' is recorded 'Spinster', and from the fact that four 
of John Osgood's children were born before he emigrated to New England, I believe 
this did not apply to her condition, but to her occupation, as recorded. I am further 
convinced that spinster, in those days, was not confined, as now, to unmarried females. 
On the l()9th page of the same record, is a Martha Wilder, occupation also spinster, 
and her daughter, Mary Wilder. According to Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, the 
literal meaning of spinster is a woman irho spina, or whose 'occupation' is to spin. 
Hence, in law, it is the common title by which a woman without rank or distinction is 
designated ; and, in this sense, I believe, it was applied to Sarah Osgood, In many 
old wills, a woman is called a 'widow and spinster." See Essex Probate Records, B. 62, 
F. 120, Old Series. 

"Mr. Carres Ferry, on Newbury Side." — (April No., p. 112). This Mr. 
Carr was George Carr, shipbuilder of Salisbury. See History of Newbury, p. 34. The 
island in the Merrimack was then called Carr's Island. J. C. 

Mrs. Anna Harris. "This lady," says the Newburyport Herald, "the oldest person 
in Newburyport, celebrated her 98th birthday on Monday, [May 2.] Though so advanced 
in years, she enjoys good bodily health, and is very cheerful and social. At half-past 
four in the morning she called to the family to rise, and thinks it is very hard now to 
get young folks out of their bed — an opinion entertained by many. Mrs. Harris is one 
of twelve children, ten of whom married and settled down so near each other, that 
their mother was accustomed to say she could visit any one of them in half an hour. 
She was born in the house owned by the late Mr. Moses Tappan, in Tappan's lane, one 
of the oldest houses in Newburyport. Her husband [Jonathan Harris] was a soldier of 
the Revolutionary war, and was with Washington at New York city. She has lived in 
her present home over seventy years. At the tea-table were seated four generations, 
from the great-grandmother of ninety-eight, to the little grand-child of two." 

North American Review and Christian Examiner. — The N. E. Hist. Gen. 
Society want the following numbers to complete their sets : — 

Of the N. A. Review,— Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 14, 15, 25, 27, 30, 76, 77, 84, 85, 134, 135, 
153, and all after. 

Of the Christian Examiner,— Nos. 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 16. 96, 99, 186, 190, 191, 
199^ 200, 201, 202, 204, 205, 207—13. 

Members, or others, having any of these numbers that they can spare, will confer a 
favor by donating them. 

Lydia Norton. — " About three weeks ago, died at Hampton Falls, in an advancec 
age, the famous Lydia Norton, who for many years was a celebrated preacher among 
the Friends. She had preached in most if not all the provinces of North America, 
and visited and preached in some of the Western Islands." — Boston News-Letter, Jan. 
22, 1747. 

Watson. — " On the 20th ult. died at Plymouth, Mrs. Patience Watson, Consort tc 
Mr. Elkanah Watson, of that Place, and Daughter to Benjamin Marston, Esq., late ol 
Salem."- i £osfon Post Boy and Adv., May 11, 1767. 

1859.] New England Hist.-Gen. Society. 285 

From its Formation to May, 1859. Compiled by J. W. Dean. 



*Charles Ewer, Esq., of Boston, Mass. - - Jan. 1845, to Jan. 1850 

Rev. Joseph Barlow Felt, LL.D., of Boston, - - " 1850, to " 1853 

William Whiting, Esq., of Roxbury, - - " 1853, to " 1858 

Samuel Gardner Drake, A. M., of Boston, - " 1858, to " 1859 

Almon D. Hodges, Esq., of Roxbury, Mass. - " 1859. 

Vice Presidents, 

^Lemuel Shattuck, Esq., of Boston, Mass. - - Jan. 1845, to Jan. 1850 
Rev. Lucius Robinson Paige, of Cambridge, Mass. - 

Nathaniel & ShurtlefT, M. D., of Boston, Mass. 
Hon. Timothy Farrar, of Boston and Dorchester, Mass. 
Hon. William Willis, of Portland, Me. - 
Hon. Noah Martin, of Dover, N. H. - 

Rev. John Wheeler, D. D., of Burlington, Vt. - 
Hon. William R. Staples, of Providence, R. I. 
*Hon. Nathaniel Goodwin, of Hartford, Ct. 
Rev. Leonard Bacon, D. D., of New Haven, Ct. 
Hon. Francis Brinley, of Boston, - 
Hon. Charles Hudson, of Lexington, Mass. 
Hon. John Appleton, of Bangor, Me. ... 

Hon. Samuel D. Bell, of Manchester, N. H. 

Henry Clark, Esq , of Poultney, Vt. 

John Barstow, Esq., of Providence, R. I. - 
Rev. F. W. Chapman, of Ellington, Ct. - 

Honorary Vice Presidents, 

Hon. Millard Fillmore, of Buffalo, N. Y. - - - Feb. 1855. 
Hon. Lewis Cass, LL.D., of Detroit, Mich. - - " 1855. 
Hon. Elijah Hay ward, of Columbus and McConnelsv., O. " 1855. 
Hon. John Wentworth, of Chicago, 111. - 
# Rev. John Lauris Blake, D. D., of Orange, N. J. 
Hon. Samuel Breck, of Philadelphia, Pa. - 

Sebastian Ferris Streeter, Esq., of Baltimore, Md. 

Edward Kidder, Esq., of Wilmington, N. C. 
Rev. Thomas Smyth, D. D., of Charleston, S. C. 
Hon. Ballard Smith, of Cannelton, Ind. - 

Cyrus Woodman, Esq., of Mineral Point, Wis. 
Rt. Rev. Henry W. Lee, D. D., of Davenport, Iowa, 

* Andrew Randall, Esq., of San Francisco, Cal. - 
Hon. Joseph C. Hornblower, of Newark, N. J. - 

Corresponding Secretaries, 

Samuel G. Drake, A. M., of Boston, 
Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M. D., of Boston, - 
Samuel G. Drake, A. M. " " 

Rev. Samuel H. Riddel, " « 

John Ward Dean, " " 

Recording Secretaries, 

John Wingate Thornton, LL.B., of Boston, - Jan. 1845, to Mar. 1846 

Rev. Samuel H. Riddel, of Boston, - Apr. 1846, to Jan. 1851 

*Charles Mayo, Esq. ""-.--- Jan. 1851, to " 1856 

Hon. Francis Brinley, " " - - - - " 1856, to " 1857 

* Deceased. 


1850, to " 1851 


1851, to " 1853 


1853, to " 1858 


1855, to " 1859 


1855, to " 1859 


1855, to " 1859 


1855, to " 1859 


1855, to May, 1855 


.1855, to Jan. 1859 


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1856, to July, 1857 
















1856, to July, 1856 




1845, to Jan. 1850 


1850, to " 1851 


1851, to " 1858 


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286 New England Hist.-Ge?t. Society. [July? 

David Pulsifer, Esq., of Boston, - - - Jan. 1857, to Aug. 1857 

John Ward Dean, ««---. Aug. 1857, to Jan. 1858 

William M. Cornell, M. D., of Boston, - - Jan. 1858, to " 1859 

Rev. Caleb Davis Bradlee, of North Cambridge, - Jan. 1859. 


William Henry Montague, Esq., of Boston, - Jan. 1845, to Jan. 1851 

Frederic Kidder, Esq. " " - - " 1851, to " 1855 

John Ward Dean, " « - - " 1855, to " 1857 

Isaac Child, Esq. " " - - " 1857. 


Joseph Palmer, M. D., of Boston, - Jan. 1856. 


J. Wingate Thornton, LL.B., of Boston, {ex officio) Apr. 1845, to Jan. 1846 

Edmund Bachelder Dearborn, Esq., of Boston, - Jan. 1846, to " 1849 

David Pulsifer, Esq., of Boston, - - - 1849, to " 1851 
Thomas Bellows Wyman, Jr. Esq., of Charlestown, " 1851, to " 1852 

William Blake, Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, - " 1852, to Aug. 1854 

Rev. Luther Farnham, of Boston, - Aug. 1854, to July, 1856 

Thomas B. Wyman, Jr. Esq., of Charlestown, - Sept. 1856, to Jan. 1858 

Edward Holden, Esq., of Roxbury. - Jan. 1858, to " 1859 

William Blake Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, - Jan. 1859. 


On Publication, 

*Charles Ewer, Esq., of Boston, - - - Mar. 1847f to Jan. 1851 

Nathaniel B. Shurtletf, M. D., of Boston, - - " 1847, to " 1849 

Rev. Samuel H. Riddel, of Boston, -■---« 1847, to " 1851 

*David Hamblen, Esq., of Boston, - - - Jan. 1849, to " 1855 

*William T.Harris, LL.B., of Cambridge, {ex ojfficio) Feb. 1849, to Oct. 1849 

Rev. Joseph B. Felt, LL.D., of Boston, - - - Jan. 1850, to July, 1852 

Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M. D., of Boston, 
Rev. Lucius R. Paige, of Cambridge, 
Charles Deane, A. M., of Boston, 
J. Wingate Thornton, LL.B., of Boston, - 
* William T. Harris, LL.B., of Cambridge, - 
Frederic Kidder, Esq., of Boston, 
Hon. Timothy Farrar, of Boston and Dorchester, 
William B. Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, - 
# Charles Mayo, Esq., of Boston, 
Rev. William Jenks, D. D., of Boston, 
Lyman Mason, Esq., of Boston, 
John Ward Dean, of Boston, - 
William Reed Deane, Esq., of Brookline, 
*Lemuel Shattuck, Esq., of Boston, - 
Rev. Alonzo Hall Quint, of Jamaica Plain, 
James Spear Loring, Esq., of Boston, 
Hon. Francis Brinley, of Boston, - 

Charles H. Morse, Esq., of Cambridgeport, 
William H. Whitmore, Esq., of Boston, - 
Hon. Timothy Farrar, of Boston, - 

William B. Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, - 

f The first code of By-Laws was adopted Dec. 3, 1845. The sixth article of this code was 
as follows : — " A Publishing Commiitee of three shall be appointed by the Board of Directors ;" 
but no Publii-hing Committee under these By-Laws was appointed till March, 1847. There 
had, however, been special committees on publication chosen previously by the Society. 

\ In February, 1851, the By-Laws were altered so that the Publishing Committee was chosen 
annually in October. Till then ; except the first year ; it had been chosen in January. 


1850, to Jan. 



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1851, to Oct.l851$ 


1851, to Mar. 



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1859.] New England Hist. -Gen. Society. 287 

On Donations and Exchanges, 

James S. Loring, Esq., of Boston, - May, 1850, to Jan. 1852 

Charles J. F. Binney, Esq., of " " 1850, to " 1852 

Hon. Amasa Walker, of North Brookfield, - - Jan. 1852, to " 1854 

John G. Locke, Esq., of Boston, " 1852, to " 1853 

James S. Loring, Esq., of Boston, - " 1853, to " 1854 

On the Library and Room, 

Isaac Child, Esq., of Boston, - Jan. 1852, to Jan. 1856 

*Artemas Simonds, Esq., of Boston, " 1852, to Oct. 1854 

On the Library, 

Thomas B. Wyman, Jr. Esq., of Charlestown, - Jan. 1856, to Sep. 185G 

Charles H. Morse, Esq., of Cambridgeport, - " 1856, to Jan. 1857 

William H. Whitmore, Esq., of Boston, - - " 1856, to " 1857 

William B. Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, " 1856, to Jan. 1858 

Rev. Luther Farnham, of Boston, (ex officio), " 1856, to July, 1856 
Tho's B. Wyman, Jr. Esq., of Charlestown, (exoffi.) Sep. 1856, to Jan. 1858 

Dean Dudley, Esq., of Boston, - - - Oct. 1856, to " 1858 

Rev. Caleb D. Bradlee, of North Cambridge, - - Jan. 1857, to " 1858 

Sylvester Bliss, Esq., of Roxbury, - - - « 1857, to " 1858 

Thomas J. Whittemore, Esq., of Cambridge, - " lfc58, to " 1859 

William Makepeace, Esq., of Boston, - - " 1858, to " 1859 

Horace G. Barrows, M. D., of Boston, - - " 1858, to " 1859 

Edward S. Rand, Jr. Esq., of Dedham, - - " 1858, to " 1859 

Edward Holden, Esq., of Roxbury, {ex officio), - " 1858, to " 1859 

Rev. Alonzo H. Quint, of Jamaica Plain, " 1859. 

Samuel Burnham, Esq., of Jamaica Plain, - " 1859. 

Thomas Waterman, Esq., of Boston, " 1859. 

J. Gardner White, Esq., of Boston, - - " 1859. 
William B. Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, (ex officio), u 1859. 

On Finance, 

Gen. Samuel Andrews, of Roxbury, - Jan. 1852, to Jan. 1856 

*David Hamblen, Esq., of Boston, " 1852, to Nov. 1855 

Samuel Nicolson, Esq., of Boston, " 1856, to Jan. 1857 

Col. Samuel Swett, of Boston, " 1856, to " 1857 

Nathaniel Whiting, Esq., of Watertown, - - " 1856, to " 1857 

Hon. George W. Messinger, of Boston, " 1856, to " 1857 

John W. Dean, of Boston, (ex officio), " 1856, to " 1857 

John W. Parker, Esq., of Roxbury, - - - « 1857, to " 1858 

Charles PI. Morse, Esq., of Cambridgeport, - " 1857, to " 1858 

William Makepeace, Esq., of Boston, " 1857, to " 1858 

Thomas J. Whittemore, Esq., of Cambridge, - " 1857, to " 1858 

Isaac Child, Esq., of Boston, (ex officio), " 1857. 

Sylvester Bliss, Esq., of Roxbury, " 1858, to Jan. 1859 

William E. Baker, Esq., of Boston, " 1858. 

Jacob Q. Kettelle, Esq., of Boston, " 1858, to Jan. 1859 

C. Benj. Richardson, Esq., of Boston, " 1858, to Nov. 1858 

William Makepeace, Esq., of Boston, " 1859. 

Jeremiah Colburn, Esq., of Boston, " 1859. 

Thomas J. Whittemore, Esq., of Cambridge, - " 1859. 


[Continued from Vol. XII., p. 368.] 

1858. Nathan Munroe, Haverhill. 

Austin Phelps, Andover. 
Edward C. Guild, Boston. 
William A. Burke, Lowell. 
John S. March, Cambridge. 
Willard M. Harding, Quincy. 

John W. Candler, Boston. 
Joseph A. Copp, Chelsea. 
Franklin H. Sprague, Boston. 
Henry J. Prentiss, Boston. 
H. W. D. Bryant, do. 




John K. Rogers, Boston. 
Richard Pike, Dorchester. 
Alexander Williams, Boston. 
Joseph White, Lowell. 
Henry W. Cushmao, Bernardston. 
Stephen Emmons, Boston. 
Hubbard W. Swett, do. 
Joseph B. Stearns, do. 
William II. Page, do. 
N. A. Apolh do. 

Curtis Cutler, Cafflbridj 
George Chandler. Worcester. 

William V. Hutchings, (Gloucester. 
James B. Miles, Charlestown. 

Joseph Ballard, Boston. 
# .Tohn Richards, Hanover, N. H. [*1859 
Thomas J. Hazen, Dorchester. 
Thomas B. Harris, Charlestown. 
W. S. Appleton, Boston. 
Robert Gould, Jr., Hull. 
Edwin M. Stone, Providence, R. I. 
Joshua P. Converse, Woburn. 
William E. French. Boston. 
Theodore A. Neal, Salem. 
John 1). Philbrick, Boston. 
William Hilton, Boston. 
Thomas ( ) R ice, Brighton. 

1 1 ozeil M, (Vane, Boston. 


Matthew Newkirk, Philadelphia, Pa, 
William II. Allen, do. 

Benjamin P. Hunt, do. 

Joseph I [owe, Halifax, N. s. 
:.;tr.l Eddy, Canton, \. J . 
John McAllister, Philadelphia, Pa, 
Henry B. Dawson, White Plains, N. \ 

nrard E. Bowen, New York. \. Y. 
James S. Loring, Brooklyn, N. Y, 
C. Benj. Richardson, New York, N, 5 . 
David Harter, Crawfordsville, [nd. 
S. II istinga Grant, Nen \ ork, N. V. 
J. Carson Brevoort, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

William EL Warren, Newborgh, N. V. 

Correspond i ■* jlc . 

Stephi o B. Noyes, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

«r]|. New York, N. Y. 
Prank Vose, Baton Rouge, La. 
Alexander Vattemare, Pans, Prance. 
John G. Sh( . v w York. N. \ . 
■ IS. I tarrie, Madison, Wis, 
( '. II. ( lleaveland, ( Cincinnati, ( ). 
Charles D. Cleveland, Philadelphia, I'.-i. 
J. Sidney Henshaw, [Jtica, N, Y. [* '50 
.1. Bertrand Payne, London, Eng. 
Charles I. BushneU, New Vork, N, Y. 
Benjamin Pomei do. do. 

Bben 8 8k lids, Albany, N, JT. 
John S. Holm.-, Brooklyn, N, Y. 

J. Greenwood, Jr., N. York, N. Y. 
William EL Johnson, Pans, Prai 

Paths irrs. — Payments for the Register h red to Jane 7th, from 

the following persons, in addition to those printed in former nambera : — 

r l~">^: — Farnumville, Dr. Levi Rawson; Lee, Rev. Geo. T. Chapman; Xuv 
London, CL % Nathl S. Perkins; Philadelphia, Pa., Rachel WetherilL 

For 1859: — Albany, JV >.. G< . H. I r : Amhenl, L .M. Boltwood; . to- 

ll rtt, .V. //.. Perley l> _ j Baltimore, Ml.. Blisha EL Perkins; B '>L>r\< 
Mrs. Mark Doolittli Bn . Bei ' Samuel 

T. Snow. Wm. Whiting, John H. Blake, Win. B.Br idford, John Hensha . Sarnl 
Andrew b, Josiah P, Co ik, Chi rles ( i. Loring, A. A . Lawrence, Wm. a. Brooks, 
lsaae Harris, John II. Dext< r, Jas. R. . I . L Turner, .M. F. C oke, Wm, 

Pearce, Sam'l Swett, Josiah Quincy, Wm, T. Andrews, Edw. Brooks, AI - 9 G. 
Cobb, Addison Child, RichM Briggs, J -. W, Clarke, Edw. J. Brown, Ru. 
Daniel Draper: Brooklyn. X. ) .. D. O, Kellogg; Bitffido, X. P., N. K. Hall, 
Young Men's Ass'n : Chcago, III., E. S. L. Richardson : Cannelton, Ind., B. Smith, 
('59 ^ '60)j Cincinnati, (J., A. W. Brown : C tvtland, ().. T. JJreck ; JJi iinij.svilte, 
Me., P. E. V i : Dover, JV". H. f Noah Martin ; Elmira, JV. Y M A. S. Thurston ; 
Famumville, Levi Rawson : FUckbwrg, Kendall Brooks ; Hingham, Solomon Lin- 
coln; Haverhill, Mrs. J. C. Merrill; Hatfield, Geo. W. Hubbard ; Lee, George T. 
Chapman: Manchester, X. H.. Hon. Sam'l D. Bell, Mrs. M. H. Bell, Mai 
City Library ; Milwaukee, J. F. Birchard, E. B. Wolcott, John S. Harris, L. H. 
Kellogg, Win. P. Lynde; Medford, A. Wild : Middletoicn, Conn.. Edwin Stearns ; 
Mm London,CL, Nath'l S. Perkins, Tho's W. Williams ; JV Haven, Ct., Tho'a R. 
Trowbridge : A*. Bedford, E. C. Leonard ; A/etc York, G. Q,. Thorndike ; Norton^ 
G. F. Clarke ; Xorwich, Ct., Sarah Bliss; Orono. Mi.. I. Washburn, Jr. ; Putnam, 
O., A. Kingsbury ; Philadelphia, R. Wetherill ; Povghkeeptie, X. Y., B.J. Lossing; 
Rockingham. X. C. Lewis H. Webb ; Taunton. Mortimer Blake, Edgar 11. Reed, 
H. L. Danforth; Troij,X. Y, J. F. Winslow, Isaac McConihe : Wt% Uin.stedX 7., 
D. W. Patterson ; Worcester, Sam'l Jennison; fVatertown, Benj. Dana, Jr. ; Yar- 
mouth Port, Amos Otis. 


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Vol. XIII. OCTOBER, 1859. No. 4. 


[By Charles Stearns, of Springfield, Mass.] 

The name of William Pynchon, the father of Springfield, is familiar to 
all who are in the least acquainted with the early history of New England. 
He was of the County of Essex, England, and was born about the year 
1590.* He was a man of wealth, talents, and enterprise. His name ap- 
pears in the Charter of 1628, as one of the Assistants, and he was again 
chosen while in England, in 1629. He came over in company with Gov- 
ernor Winthrop, in 1630, and was treasurer of the Colony; and always a 
magistrate, until his removal from Roxbury, of which town he was one of 
the principal founders. 

He was the leader of the band who boldly struck off to the valley of 
the Connecticut, in 1636, one hundred miles distant from civiiized man, 
and founded the town of Springfield. There are strong reasons to believe, 
that Mr. Pynchon. with his son-in-law Henry Smith, and Jehu Burr, and 
others of Roxbury, visited the valley of the Connecticut in the year 1634, 
and selected a place for their future settlement. During this year, appli- 
cation was made to the General Court, by sundry inhabitants of Newtown, 
(Cambridge,) Dorchester, VVatertown, and Roxbury to remove to the Con- 
necticut valley, which, at the time, was unsuccessful. The next year 
permission was given by the Court for removal, but with the condition 
that they should not remove from under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. 
The Dorchester people settled at Windsor, the VVatertown people at 
Wethersfield, the Newtown people at Hartford, and the Roxbury people 
at Agawam, soon after called Springfield. 

Immediately after permission was given to remove, two men, John 
Cabel and John Woodcock, were sent forward to build a house, which was 
done at the common charge of the colonists. Their journey through the 
trackless wilderness occupied five days. This house was built on the 
west side of the Connecticut river, on a tract that has been from time im- 
memorial called the " Agawam meadows," and the particular locality 

* Inscription on the portiait of William Pynchon, in the possession of the Essex 
Institute, at Salem, from which the engraving which accompanies this article has been 
copied : — " Guil. Pynchon armg. Effigies | Delhi. Anno Dom. 1657 | aet. 67 " 

On the reverse side: — "Hon. William Pynchon first settler of Springfield (Mass) 
and one of the original Patentees of the Royal charter under King James 1st." 

It is from the above I learn the year of his birth. c. s. 


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where this house was built is known as " House-meadow." This location, 
however, they soon abandoned, on being informed by the native residents 
that it was subject to be overflowed by the periodical freshets of the Con- 
necticut river. The next house was erected on the east side of the river, 
where the town plat was selected. Early in 1636, Mr. Pynchon and his 
Roxbury associates shipped their goods on board Governor Winthrop's 
vessel, the " Blessing of the Bay," for the Connecticut river. The 
hardy emigrants threaded their way across the country, and arrived at 
their place of destination during the first days of May. As did the pil- 
grims at Plymouth, so these courageous men set about the establishment 
of rules, by which they would govern themselves and be governed. 

On the 14th of May, they framed an agreement, which was signed by 
eight individuals. This document has been preserved entire, and it is re- 
markable in many respects. A copy accompanies this sketch, with a fac 
simile of the signatures of the eight persons. See pp. 295-297. 

The absorbing character of the religious faith of these adventurers is 
evident in the first article of their agreement; all else was of secondary 
importance. The second article looks strange to us of the present day. 
h provided that not more than fifty families u rich and poor," should be 
allowed to settle within a territory which, at the present day, contains at 
least 30,000 people, and at 6 persons to a family, numbers 5,000 families. 

It is remarkable in the history of the early settlement of the Connecticut 
valley, that not one of the twelve, to whom were made the original allot- 
ments of land, (eight of whom signed the original agreement,) died there. 
Blake, Ufford, Mitchell, the two Woods, Reader, Butterfield, and Cabel, 
gave up or sold their allotments to the company. Burr remained but a 
short time, and removed to Connecticut. Pynchon and Smith died in 

The original allotments being thus so effectually broken up, the actual 
settlement was made on a different basis. The lots running as before, 
were reduced in width, and the necessity of limiting the families to fifty, 
M rich and poor," was obviated. 

Allotments were also made on the west side of the river, to each man, 
as nearly opposite as possible to his lot on the east side. 

Immediately after the allotments were made, other settlers arrived, 
though probably in no considerable numbers ; and then, as a measure of 
security to themselves and of justice to the Indians, who were the propri- 
etors and possessors of the soil, they sat about a formal purchase of the 
territory. The deed conveying these lands, which was dated July 15th, 
was the first ever executed in Western Massachusetts, and is now on 
record at the Registry of Deeds, in Hampden County. It conveys the 
lands on both sides of the river to William Pynchon, Henry Smith his 
son-in-law, and Jehu Burr, and their heirs and associates. The town 
did not experience a rapid rise ; which may in part be accounted for by 
the provision in their articles of agreement, limiting the number of fami- 
lies. Be this as it may, after the expiration of two years, when a tax was 
levied, but thirteen persons were assessed ! and of these, four only had 
allotments at the beginning. The amount of this tax was forty-one 
pounds four shillings, of which Mr. Pynchon paid more than one half. 

In the excitements and perplexities of an early settlement, the people 
did not forget the leading purpose of their lives. In 1637, the year fol- 
lowing the settlement, they secured the services of Rev. George Moxon, 

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and under him was formed a church. In the year 1639, a house was 
built for Mr. Moxon, by voluntary assessment. The house was 35 by 15 
feel, and had a porch with a study in it. The roof was thatched ; and the 
cellar was planked, instead of having a stone wall. Mr. Moxon had a 
grant of a house lot, and other lands, as the other inhabitants did. 

In the year 1645, a contract was made by the town with Thomas 
Cooper, to build a meeting-house. The house was to be 40 feet long and 
25 feet wide ; to be 9 feet between joints, to be double studded, four large 
windows, two on each side, and a smaller one at each end ; one large 
door, and two smaller doors; to have joists for a floor above ; to be under- 
pinned with stone ; to shingle the roof; to have two turrets, one for a bell 
and the other for a watch-house : for which he was to be paid fourscore 
pounds in wheat, peas, pork, wampum, debts, and labor. Each inhabit- 
ant was to furnish 20 days' labor. Mr. Moxon's salary was forty pounds 
sterling, and was paid by an annual tax. 

It was early ascertained that the settlements at Windsor, Hartford and 
Wethersfield were without the jurisdiction of Massachusetts, and it was 
for some time doubtful if Springfield fell under it. In 1636, Mr. Pynchon 
was elected an assistant of the Colony of Connecticut. He did not attend 
the Court of Elections in May, but was present in September, and took 
the oath and his se*it as a magistrate. In the same year the General 
Court gave a commission to Roger Ludlow, William Pynchon, and others, 
to govern the inhabitants of the Plantations. Ludlow had been a magis- 
trate in Massachusetts, and a Deputy Governor of the Colony. He was 
the leading man in the settlement at Windsor. His commission was lim- 
ited to one year, but was renewed in 1637, after which time Massachusetts 
ceased to exercise any authority over the lower towns, and Springfield 
remained with them until 1639. Mr. Pynchon attended the Courts in 
Connecticut as a magistrate ; and once, at least, delegales were chosen 
to represent this plantation. In 1637, Rev. George Moxon and Jehu 
Burr were appointed " Committees for the General Court to be holden at 
Hartford. 1 ' This was the last that Springfield had to do with the settle- 
ments in Connecticut. 

On the 14th of February, 1638, the Springfield settlers, finding that they 
were within the limits of Massachusetts, and being without any govern- 
ment, came to a voluntary agreement, and chose William Pynchon to 
be their magistrate. This agreement occupies the second page of the 
Pynchon Book of Records, in Mr. Pynchon's hand writing. The book is 
still extant, and in good preservation ; and the penmanship is of the best 
execution. The document follows: 

" Febuary 14 1638. Wee the inhabitants of Aguam, uppon the Quin- 
ecticut, taking into consideration the manifould inconveniences that may 
fall uppon us for want of some fit magistracy among us ; Beinge now by 
God's Providence fallen into the line of the Massachusetts jurisdiction ; 
and it beinge far off to repair thither, in such cases of justice as may 
often fall out among us, doe therefore think it meett by a general consent 
and vote to ordaine (till we receive further directions from the General 
Court in the Massachusetts bay,) Mr. William Pynchon to execute the 
office of a magistrate in this our plantation of Aguam, viz. 1o give oaths 
to constables or military officers, to direct warrants, both processes exe- 
cutions and attachments, to heare and examine misdemeanors, to depose 
witnesses, and upon proof of misdemeanor, to inflict corporeal punishment 
as whipping, sto kinge, bindinge to the peace or good behavior, in some 

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cases to require surities, and if the offence require it, to commit to prison, 
and in default of a common prison, to commit delinquents to the charge 
of some fit person or persons till justice may be satisfyed. Also in the 
trying of actions for debt or trespass, to give oaths,' direct juries, depose 
witnesses, take verdicts, and keep records of verdicts, judgements, and 
executions, and whatever else may tend to the Kings peace, and the man- 
ifestation of our fidelity to the Bay jurisdiction, and the restraining of any 
that violate God's laws, or lastly, whatever else may fall within the power 
of an assistant in the Massachusetts. 

It is also agreed upon by a mutual consent, that in case of any action 
of debt, a trespasse to be tryed, seeing a jury of twelve fit persons cannot 
be had at present among us, that six persons shall be esteemed a good 
and sufficient jury to try any action under the sum of ten pounds, till wee 
see cause to the contrary, and by common consent shall alter this number 
of jurors, or shall be otherwise directed by the General Court of Massa- 

The General Court subsequently approved of these proceedings, and 
confirmed Mr. Pynchon in his office. 

Mr. Pynchon, who, previous to his removal from Roxbury, had been 
treasurer of the Colony, and a magistrate during his residence there, was 
was rechosen assistant in 1643, a position which he held, by annual elec- 
tion, until 1650. 

The settlement at Agawam was now more alone and self dependent 
than ever ; but it had become stronger also, and had given evidence of 
the wisdom of its councils by the admirable act which has been quoted. 
On the 14th of April, 1640, the inhabitants being assembled in general 
town meeting, changed the name of their plantation from Agawam to 
Springfield, as a compliment to Mr. Pynchon, who had his mansion in a 
town of that name, near Chelmsford, in Essex, before he came to this 
country. The place was recognized by the General Court as a town, 
by the name of Springfield, in 1641. 

The boundaries of Springfield, indefinite from the first, were enlarged 
from time to time, until they included portions of Westfield and South- 
wick, the whole of West Springfield, the present town of Chicopee, Wil- 
braham, Longmeadow, and Ludlow, in Massachusetts; and Enfield, 
Suffield, and Somers, i:: Connecticut : all of which in progress of settle- 
ment were erected into separate towns. Enfield, Somers, and Suffield 
were adjudged to belong to Connecticut, by Commissioners appointed in 

It is difficult to trace the course of justice through the ancient hiero- 
glyphics in the Book of Records. There were many grievances to 
adjust, and breaches of immorality to take cognizance of; and it would 
seem, that from the cases of this class on the records, as compared with 
the population, the people of that day were no better than their suc- 
cessors. It seems that John Woodcock had an uncommon share of lit- 
igation. His case with John Cabe!, which has been already alluded to, 
was the first, and in that he was defeated. Afterwards, Rev. Mr. Moxon 
complained of him for slander, Woodcock having accused the Rever- 
end gentleman of taking a false oath against him at Hartford. Mr, 
Moxon claimed £9 19s. damages; and Woodcock having been found 
guilty, £Q 13s. was a arded. He was next engaged in a long and com- 
plicated suit with Henry Gregory, about a " pigge and a hogge." Then 
Woodcock commenced an action against Gregory for slander. Soon 

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after, John Searles, constable of Springfield, was required by the magis- 
trate " to attach the body of John Woodcock uppon an execution granted 
to Mr. George Moxon," for damages in the slander case, Woodcock 
having neglected to satisfy in accordance with the verdict of the jury. 
Close upon this, Robert Ashley complained of Woodcock for not having 
delivered him a " gunn," that the plaintiff had purchased of him, for 
which he had paid 22s. 6d. These cases were tried mostly by a jury of 
six men. 

Mr. Pynchon was a man of eminent piety, and of respectable talents ; 
and, besides discharging his duties as a magistrate, he was occupied in 
all the concerns of the settlement. He was, also, while a resident at 
Roxbury, and while in Springfield, largely concerned in the beaver trade. 
So far everything prospered with him. But in an evil hour for his then 
present reputation and comfort, his ambition, and perhaps his sense of 
duty, prompted him to write a book. He did not, probably, expect, that, 
although the right to enjoy religious liberty was the main producing 
cause of the settlement of New England, it would be found, that opinions 
on religious subjects at variance with the strictly orthodox views of the 
day, would be put down by the strong arm of the legislative power. But 
the event showed, that however high he stood in the regards of the com- 
munity in which he lived, and of the Massachusetts colony, he could not 
with impunity intermeddle with the religious dogmas of the day. This 
book put forth sentiments on the subject of the atonement, that directly 
set the orthodox world in a flame, and Mr. Pynchon was denounced as a 

The book was published in England; and, in the summer of 1650, 
copies were received in Boston. Mr. Pynchon fell under the censure of 
the General Court, and was cited before them, and laid under heavy bonds. 
Endicot was then governor of the colony, and Dudley second in authority. 
They were men of ultra soundness of faith, and with other leading men, 
including the clergy, all united in denouncing the sentiments put forth in 
the book in the severest terms. Pynchon was deposed by the General 
Court from the magistracy ; and Rev. Mr. Norton, of Ipswich, was appoint- 
ed to write an answer to his book. The ministers were earnestly requested 
to labor with him, and, if possible, to convince him of his error, and 
procure a recantation ; and they were in a measure successful. It need 
not be questioned that these men supposed they were performing a sacred 
duty, and that their feelings towards Mr. Pynchon, personally, were those 
of kindness. They regarded him as a beloved but erring bro.her, and 
manifested both by their language and deportment an anxious solicitude 
to convince and reclaim him. But the unfortunate book received no 
mercy at their hands. It was condemned by the whole Court, and sen- 
tenced to be publicly burnt in Boston market, in presence of the faithful. 

The effect of this public condemnation, and the labors of the divines, 
could not but have an effect on the conscientious mind of Pynchon ; and 
whether convinced against his will or otherwise, it is recorded, that the 
zealots accomplished their object, and that Mr. Pynchon was induced to 

It is not easy, at this time, to look back upon such proceedings with 
complacency ; they cannot but be regarded as the veriest ebullitions of 
bigotry. Here was a man who had left home and friends, and the com- 
forts of civilized life, for the sake of enjoying religious freedom; had 
been among the foremost in the councils of the colony ; had planted two 

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settlements, the last one in the midst of the wilderness ; had borne more 
than his share in the toils and dangers of the Massachusetts colony; and 
had through all maintained a christian character, secure beyond the charge 
of inconsistency or taint ; cut off from influence and power, publicly con- 
demned, and publicly insulted, for giving utterance to a doctrine in relig- 
ion, at variance, in nice points, with the churches and the General Court. 
Though Mr. Pynchon recanted, it is not to be doubted that these facts and 
considerations weighed upon his mind in all their injustice, and influenced 
him in his decision to return to England, and there spend the remainder 
of his days. He returned in 1652; and died at Wyrardisbury, on the 
Thames, in Buckinghamshire, October, 1662, aged about 72 years; That 
Mr. Pynchon was convinced of his alleged errors against his will, and 
that one of his motives for returning to England was that he might enjoy 
the freedom denied him here, is evident from his subsequent action. 

In 1655, his book was issued in a new edition, in London, by Thomas 
Newbury, with additions, in which Mr. Norton's book was disputed, " by 
William Pynchon, Esq., late of New England.'" The venerable contro- 
versionist endeavored in his new edition to " clear several scriptures of 
the greatest note in these controversies from Mr. Norton's corrupt exposi- 
tion," and fully reiterated all his former opinions. This book covers 
440 pages quarto, and its leading doctrine, as stated on the title page, and 
as given by Cotton Mather, is one which has been universally adopted by 
the orthodox Christianity of later days. The writer was only a century 
or two in advance of his age, and in that consisted his crime. 

On Mr. Pynchon's return to England Mr. Moxon accompanied him. 
Mr. Pynchon did not take his family, but Mr. Moxon did. Henry Smith, 
Mr. Pynchon's son-in-law, followed in about a year ; and neither of the 
three ever returned. Mrs. Smith resided here for three or four years. 
Their two daughters remained, and were married at Hartford, where some 
of their descendants now reside. Mr. Pynchon buried his wife at Rox- 
bury, and he afterwards married Mrs. Frances Sanford, "a grave maiden 
of Dorchester."* 

The removal of such men was undoubtedly considered an inauspicious 
event, by the inhabitants of the infant settlement, but they did not despond. 
Pynchon left behind him a son, John Pynchon, then in early manhood, 
who inherited his father's virtues. The General Court immediately ap- 
pointed this son, with Elizur Holyoke his brother-in-law, and Samuel 
Chapin, (the ancestor of all of that name in New England,) Commissioners 
to exercise the powers of magistracy in Springfield. John Pynchon died 
in 1703, aged 76 years. He was an excellent man, and to him more 
than to any other individual, the inhabitants of Springfield, and of the old 
County of Hampshire, are indebted for the blessings they enjoy. 

*On page 1 1th, 1st vol. Dorchester Town Records, is the following order, under date 
of Sept. 1st, 1634, " that Mr Newbury is to have for his purchase that he bought of Mr 
Pincheon, the house Mr Pincheon built, 40 acres of upland ground to the house," &c. 
In the letter of Wm. Pynchon to Gov. Winthrop, dated at Springfield, 2d of ye 4th 
month, 1645, copied into the history of Dorchester, p. 75, from the original in the Mass. 
State Archives, he mentions Mary Lewis the bearer of the letter, who " dwelt with my 
sonn Smith sundry yeres, and she was servant to me in Dorchester before she came to 
my son." Widow Frances Smith had a son Henry, to whom he probably refers, "a 
godly wise young man." She afterward married Thomas Sanford, of Dorchester, 
and, subsequently, we presume, William Pynchon, for the Roxhury church records 
say, (Hist. Dorchester, p. 81,) "Mr. Pynchon, after the death of his wife, married Mrs. 
Frances Sanford, a grave matron of the church at Dorchester." See Ellis's History of 
Roxbury, p. 127. 

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Throughout a long life, his time, his talents, and his property, were em- 
ployed in the service of his people. 

The descendants of these men, bearing the name of Pynchon, are 
not numerous, but there are several families still resident in Springfield ; 
some of them still hold portions of the lot originally assigned to William 


The following is the document which is referred to on page 290 : — 

May the 14th 1636. 

Wee whose names are underwritten beinge by Gods P'vidence ingaged 
togeather to make a Plantation at and over agaynst Agaam upon Conecti- 
cot, doe mutually agree to certayne articles and orders to be observed and 
kept by us and by our successors, except wee and every of us for our 
selves and in our owne p'sons shall thinke meete uppon better reasons to 
alter our p'sent resolutions : 

l J y. Wee intend by Gods grace assoone as wee can w th all convenient 
speede to p'cure some Godly and faithfull minister with whome we pur- 
pose to joyne in Church Covenant to walke in all the ways of Christ: 

2 ] y. Wee intend that our towne shall be composed of fourty familys 
or if wee thinke meete after to alter o r purpose yet not to exceede the 
number of fifty familys, rich and poore. 

3'y. That every inhabitant shall have a convenient p'portion for a house 
lott as wee shall see meete for every ones quality and estate. 

4'J\ That every one that hath a howse lott shall have a p'portion of 
the Cow pasture to ye North of Ende brooke lyinge Northward from the 
towne : and alsoe that every one shall have a share of the hassokey 
Marish over agaynst his lott if it bee to be had, and every one to have his 
p'portionable share of all the woodland. 

5'y. That every one shall have a share of the meddowe or plantinge 
ground over agaynst them as nigh as may be on Agaam side. 

6^. That the longe Meddowe called Masacksick lyinge in the way to 
Dorchester shall be distributed to every man as wee shall thinke meete 
except we shall find other conveniency for some for theyr milch cattayle 
and other cattayle alsoe. 

7 J y. That the meddowe and pasture called Nayas toward Patuckett on 
ye side of Agaam lyinge about fower miles above in the river shall be 
distributed [erasure of six and a half lines] as above sayd in ye former 
order and this was altered w th consent before ye hands were set to it. 

8 [ y. That all rates that shall arise upon the Towne shall be layed upon 
Lands accordinge to every ones p'portion aker for aker of howse lotts and 
aker for aker of meddowe both alike on this side and both alike on the 
other side and for farms that shall lye further off a less p'portion as wee 
shall after agree : except we shall see meete to remitt one halfe of the 
rate from land to other estate : 

9'y. That wheras M r William Pynchon, Jeheu Burr and Henry Smith 
have constantly continued to p'secute this plantation when others fell off 
for feare of the difficultys, and continued to p'secute the same at greate 
charges and at greate personall adventure : therefore it is mutually agreed 
that fourty acres of meddowe lyinge on the South of End-brook under a 
hill side, shall belonge to the sd partyes free from all charges for ever :